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Council to hold special meeting to appoint new Lord Mayor

Published Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The City Council is to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to allow the current Lord Mayor to pass on the Chains of Office and keep Council business moving.

As well as being the civic figurehead for the city, the Lord Mayor also holds the post of Chair of the Council and presides over Full Council meetings. It is a non-political role.

Normally, the role changes hands every 12 months at an Annual General Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, it will not be possible to hold a ceremony in the usual way this year.

Instead, an EGM has been called for Thursday 21 May, when current Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Ann Lucas will take over the role of Lord Mayor from Cllr Linda Bigham at the end of her term of office.

It will be a short meeting held virtually and will also see Cllr John McNicholas named as Deputy Lord Mayor.

Council Leader Cllr George Duggins, said: “This is a very difficult time for our city and its people, and for others around the world, but we must keep moving forward and moving at pace – something our city does so well.
“The virus has affected everyone in Coventry, especially those who are most vulnerable, and we need to continue the vital and excellent work that has happened across the city so far to see us through these times, and then be ready to emerge in a strong position to build for the future.

“There are some very busy and challenging times ahead, but also some very exciting times for our city and this EGM will help to make sure we have everything in place to continue the great work that is transforming our city.

“I’d like to thank Cllr Bigham for the marvellous way she has represented Coventry as Lord Mayor over the past year, and congratulations to Cllr Lucas and Cllr McNicholas, who I know will carry on that work with great pride.”

Cllr Gary Ridley, Leader of the Opposition Conservative Group, said: “The role of Chair is a very important one and a key part of the democratic process.

“All councillors are committed to working to help the city through this pandemic and give our residents the services they need. This small but necessary meeting is the next step in that work and we look forward to another civic year and all the opportunities that will bring.

“Congratulations to Cllr Bigham on her year as Lord Mayor and I’d like to wish Cllr Lucas and Cllr McNicholas all the best in their new roles.”

The meeting will be held at 11am and will be broadcast live.

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