Ian Gillies named as next Lord Mayor of York

York Press: Coun Ian Gillies, who will be Lord Mayor of York in 2014/15 Coun Ian Gillies, who will be Lord Mayor of York in 2014/15

THE leader of York’s Conservatives is to be the city’s next Lord Mayor.

Ian Gillies, who represents Rural West York on City of York Council, will take up the post next May for 2014/15, succeeding Coun Julie Gunnell.

Coun Gillies was formally nominated by his party deputy Coun George Barton at this week’s full council meeting. His Sheriff will be long-standing friend John Kenny, who ran the Cross of York fish stall in Newgate Market. Coun Gillies’ wife Patricia will be Lady Mayoress.

Coun Gillies said: “I am extremely honoured and will do my utmost to promote York during my time in office, and I thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to become Lord Mayor.

“It is something I will treasure and I will do my best to uphold the standards of the Lord Mayor and the reputation of the city of York.”

The Conservatives will now choose a new leader and The Press understands Coun Chris Steward, who also represents Rural West York, is the front-runner.

Coun Gillies was born in Fife in Scotland but moved to York aged eight. He was a police officer, a national broker sales manager and ran several businesses before becoming a councillor and Tory leader in 2007.

Proposing him as mayor, Coun Barton said: “We have got rid of his Scottish accent and taught him proper Yorkshire! The Lord Mayor must be a shining example and take the lead in promoting our citizens, our organisations and our city. Coun Gillies has done just that in the past and will continue to do so in the future.”

Council leader James Alexander told Coun Gillies he would miss their “sparring” as opposing leaders and said: “You are a man of York and you will do a fantastic job for York as Lord Mayor.”

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11:11am Sat 14 Dec 13

Silver says...

Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?
Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark? Silver

2:36pm Sat 14 Dec 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

You are a man of York and you will do a fantastic job for York as Lord Mayor.

I seriously doubt that the same will ever be said of Jimmy Alexander.
[quote]You are a man of York and you will do a fantastic job for York as Lord Mayor.[/quote] I seriously doubt that the same will ever be said of Jimmy Alexander. NoNewsIsGoodNews

3:10pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Wrong'un says...

Silver wrote:
Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?
It wasn't even him who made that remark, it was another conservative councillor.

If you're going to have a left-wing rant, at least get your facts right first.
[quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?[/p][/quote]It wasn't even him who made that remark, it was another conservative councillor. If you're going to have a left-wing rant, at least get your facts right first. Wrong'un

4:17pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Silver says...

Wrong'un wrote:
Silver wrote:
Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?
It wasn't even him who made that remark, it was another conservative councillor.

If you're going to have a left-wing rant, at least get your facts right first.
http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/news/10138097
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k_on_food_bank/
Steward is the front runner to be the next leader of the tory party where are my facts wrong on this?
[quote][p][bold]Wrong'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?[/p][/quote]It wasn't even him who made that remark, it was another conservative councillor. If you're going to have a left-wing rant, at least get your facts right first.[/p][/quote]http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/10138097 .Councillor_in_attac k_on_food_bank/ Steward is the front runner to be the next leader of the tory party where are my facts wrong on this? Silver

5:26pm Sun 15 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

The Lord Mayor is politically neutral for their term of office. Attend a Full Council meeting which is usually chaired by the Lord Mayor, to see him or her in action.
The Lord Mayor is politically neutral for their term of office. Attend a Full Council meeting which is usually chaired by the Lord Mayor, to see him or her in action. pedalling paul

9:30pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

pedalling paul wrote:
The Lord Mayor is politically neutral for their term of office. Attend a Full Council meeting which is usually chaired by the Lord Mayor, to see him or her in action.
Naive to say the least.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: The Lord Mayor is politically neutral for their term of office. Attend a Full Council meeting which is usually chaired by the Lord Mayor, to see him or her in action.[/p][/quote]Naive to say the least. Buzzz Light-year

9:34pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Silver wrote:
Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?
If you mean Coun Steward he made a very full and public apology.
No-one is sure whether he went through with the volunteering though...
[quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: Still waiting for that public apology about poverty from the now leader of the tory party in York and has he done his volunteer work at a food bank to make up for that remark?[/p][/quote]If you mean Coun Steward he made a very full and public apology. No-one is sure whether he went through with the volunteering though... Buzzz Light-year

11:45pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Yorkie-Clifton says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
The Lord Mayor is politically neutral for their term of office. Attend a Full Council meeting which is usually chaired by the Lord Mayor, to see him or her in action.
Naive to say the least.
I do not always agree with Paul and do not like Ian Gillies .
Pedalling Paul is correct in this statement and Ian Gillies will respect his position .
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: The Lord Mayor is politically neutral for their term of office. Attend a Full Council meeting which is usually chaired by the Lord Mayor, to see him or her in action.[/p][/quote]Naive to say the least.[/p][/quote]I do not always agree with Paul and do not like Ian Gillies . Pedalling Paul is correct in this statement and Ian Gillies will respect his position . Yorkie-Clifton

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