Meet the next Lord Mayor

March 26 2018
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Bristol’s next Lord Mayor has been announced and it’s the turn of Bishopston Voice columnist, councillor Cleo Lake to don the chain of office.

Bristol’s next Lord Mayor has been announced and it’s the turn of Bishopston Voice columnist, councillor Cleo Lake to don the chain of office.

 The ceremonial, non-political role, is rotated between the party groups each year, and Cleo will take up the role in May on behalf of the Green Party.  The Lord Mayor’s responsibilities include opening events, attending memorials and receptions, chairing Bristol City Council’s Full Council meetings and fundraising work.

 She said: “I am proud to have been selected as the next First Citizen of Bristol.  

“I will find it strange to be referred to with the title as Lord Mayor – as a Green I’m slightly uncomfortable with titles like this and see myself as more of a ‘People’s Mayor’. 

 “I have two main areas that I want to focus on: community cohesion and social justice. 

 “I would like to support the UN declared Decade for People of African Descent through a programme of exciting events in 2018 which I hope will be designed for everyone to take part in, enjoy and learn from. As a born Bristolian I am passionate about making a difference on the ground and as such my other focus will be outreach into South Bristol, an area of Bristol that is too often left behind. 

 “I have ambitious aims for the year but as the role now comes with limited funds for projects I am also appealing to businesses and institutions to sponsor the various programmes. Hopefully, that might also include a greener electric vehicle to replace the current car which is approaching the end of its lease. 

 “Cohesion and social justice have been at the heart of all I do, and will remain at the heart of my year as Bristol's First Citizen.”