TWO York councillors have been shortlisted out of 400 nominations for a local government award.

The annual Cllr Awards are run by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and CCLA with seven categories to win.

Six councillors from Yorkshire made the 2021 shortlist - including City of York Council's Cllr Denise Craghill and Cllr Rachel Melly.

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges - from senior councillors and officers to leading stakeholders from across the sector.

The 12th Cllr Awards ceremony will take place on December 1 at Camden Council.

Cllr Craghill has been shortlisted for the Environment and Sustainability Pioneer award while Cllr Melly is up for the Young Councillor of the Year title.

Other Yorkshire councillors who made the shortlist include Cllr Vick Jenkins, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Community Champion; Cllr Dale Smith, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Lifetime Achievement; Cllr Abigail Marshall Katung, Leeds City Council, Resilience and Recovery and Cllr Mohammed Nazam, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Resilience and Recovery.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said:  “This year’s Cllr Awards shortlist showcases the best of local government. During a time when they have experienced unprecedented challenges and pressure, these councillors are true champions for local government and their communities.

"The last year has reminded each and every one of us of the effort and lengths to which councillors go to support their citizens. As such, we were overwhelmed by powerful stories and experiences coming through the over 400 nominations received for councillors across England and Wales. 

"Our most sincere congratulations to all of those councillors shortlisted."