Inauguration of the new Mayor of Greenwich

I was pleased to attend the inauguration of the new Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Peter Brooks, at the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College last night – and to celebrate the work of our outgoing Mayor, Councillor Olu Babatola, who has worked his socks of for our borough over the past year.  My colleague Councillor Geoff Brighty, our Group Whip, helped sign the new Mayor into office on the Opposition’s behalf.

Mayoral inauguration

The event last night was of course overshadowed by the devastating news from Manchester this week – and the Leader of Greenwich Council, Denise Hyland, spoke movingly in sympathy and solidarity with the city of Manchester in her address.  She did the borough proud in her words, which were very powerful.

Like other candidates of all parties across the country, I suspended my campaign on Tuesday until this afternoon, when local campaigning is resuming across the country.

In search of a compromise on the Mayor’s inauguration

Painted HallPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Last night I attended the Mayor’s inauguration in the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. It’s fair to say I’ll never be the kind of councillor who goes in for the pomp and ceremony that attaches itself to local democracy, which is often rather over the top – but it was an interesting experience nonetheless (the highlight being the wonderful choir from Ealdham Primary School, where I’m a governor, who had been invited by the new Mayor and Mayoress after their long-standing connection with the school. They were terrific!) Continue reading In search of a compromise on the Mayor’s inauguration