Friday, 22 May 2009

City welcomes its 116th Lord Mayor

Councillor Judith Elliott was officially installed as the new Lord Mayor of Leeds last night at Leeds City Council’s Annual General Meeting.

At the mayor-making ceremony, which took place in the council chamber at the Civic Hall, the ward member for Morley South became Leeds’ 116th Lord Mayor.

Terry Elliott, Cllr Elliott’s husband of 46 years will be the Lord Mayor’s consort, whilst Cllr Andrew Barker, ward member for Horsforth, will be the new Deputy Lord Mayor and his wife, Mrs Diane Barker, the Deputy Lady Mayoress.

Councillor Judith Elliott, who has been an elected member in Leeds for five years, said:
“It is an honour and a privilege to be the new Lord Mayor of this great city and I am very proud to be able to represent all the people of Leeds.

“I am looking forward to continuing the good work of the outgoing Lord Mayor and developing the profile of the city and its people even further.”

Councillor Elliott received the chains of office from Councillor Frank Robinson, who has been the Lord Mayor of Leeds for the last 12 months.

Councillor Elliott has chosen to support the social enterprise Create, Riding for the Disabled in Middleton Park and Leeds Samaritans. She will raise money for all three throughout her time in office.


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Create is a social enterprise that provides the link between homelessness and worklessness, integrating people back into their local community. Everything that Create does will provide training and work experience opportunities to make a real difference to peoples lives. All the people who work for Create are the very same people who have had experience of rough sleeping in the last couple of years and are motivated and driven to rebuild their lives.

Middleton Park Equestrian Centre is situated on the edge of Middleton Park, making it a rural retreat 10 minutes from the cosmapolitan city of Leeds. The centre has developed in recent years into one of the most thriving riding facilities in the North.

Samaritans is a national charity which was started over 50 years ago. Volunteers are always there at the end of the telephone to support anyone who is distressed, despairing or who may have suicidal thoughts. They do not give advice or tell people what they should or should not do. They do not judge or criticise anyone who calls. They are there to listen impartially and confidentially in a calm environment, and allow the caller to talk through their fears and problems. Volunteers also support callers during daytime hours face-to-face, and by email and text.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Thousands of postal ballots delivered to Leeds’ voters doorsteps

Thousands of postal vote packs for the European Parliamentary Elections in Yorkshire and Humber region will be landing on Leeds voters’ door mats.

Around 90,000 voters in Leeds have requested postal ballots, which will start to arrive at households from today (22 May 2009). Postal voters will need to make sure they return their papers as soon as possible and no later than close of poll at 10pm on Thursday 4 June.

In preparation for polling day on Thursday 4 June, every resident that has registered to vote (approx. 545,000) will receive a poll card which tells them when and where they can vote.

Alex Meek, elections manager for Leeds City Council, said:
“We’ve already started delivering polling cards and from 21 May we’ll be sending out postal ballot packs to anyone who has requested one.

“Voters are reminded that they should fill out their own ballot paper and, wherever practical, post or deliver the ballot paper themselves. No-one should interfere with someone else’s postal vote.

“People who receive a postal vote should complete and return their ballots as soon as possible.”

Anyone who has any queries about their postal vote should contact 0113 222 4411. Replacements for any lost or spoilt will be available for application and collection from 29 May. For information and advice visit

Leeds City Council residents will be voting to elect six members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the Yorkshire and Humber Region and polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. The votes will be counted on Sunday 7 June and the election results will be announced sometime after 9:00pm.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335