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City's Lord Mayor-elect focuses on youth

Coun Shafique Shah said it was “a great honour” to be picked as the city’s next first citizen

Shafique Shah and Sir Albert Bore
Shafique Shah and Sir Albert Bore

The next Lord Mayor of Birmingham said he plans to back young people and visit as many city schools as he can in his new role.

Coun Shafique Shah said it was “a great honour” to be picked as the city’s next first citizen.

And he added: “I have always taken pride in the warmth, kindness and generosity that Brummies show, coupled with their willingness to welcome people from around the world to Birmingham.”

Coun Shah, who has represented Bordesley Green since 2005, has been named Lord Mayor-elect and will take over as First Citizen when the term of current Lord Mayor Mike Leddy ends in June.

He said: “I regard myself first and foremost as a Brummie, having come from a family which first settled in Birmingham in the 1930s, having come here to seek a better life.”

Coun Shah said he was a believer in the importance of education, adding: “One of the main things I am looking forward to during my term as Lord Mayor is the opportunity to meet as many ordinary, hardworking citizens of the city that time will allow.

“I intend to accept as many invitations as I can to visit city schools and meet the young people that will be the future leaders of our city.

“I am a great supporter, along with my wife Sadia, of our voluntary and third sector organisations in the city and will strive to support city charities and help increase their profile.”

Under the council’s rules political parties take it in turns to choose a Lord Mayor from their ranks. Coun Shah was the choice of the authority’s 77 Labour councillors when a ballot was held in January.

Previous Lord Mayors have included Coun John Lines, Coun Len Gregory and Coun Anita Ward.

 

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