In a change to the usual practice of rotating the post between the city’s four main political parties, the current Lord Mayor, Councillor Jos Clark, has been nominated to stand for another year. Councillor Carole Johnson has been nominated to be Deputy Lord Mayor for 2020/21, replacing Councillor Cleo Lake.
The Lord Mayoralty traditionally rotates between the party groups on the city council, with the Labour Group due to hold the position in the coming municipal year. The party has instead agreed to nominate a Deputy Lord Mayor this year, deferring its next Lord Mayor until 2023-24.
Councillor Jos Clark said: “I am delighted to continue as Bristol’s Lord Mayor for another year, after reaching an agreement with the other parties on the council, it will be a priority for me in the coming year to honour the individuals and organisations that have helped to get the city through this difficult time.”
Councillor Carole Johnson added: “I am humbled and greatly honoured to serve Bristol as Deputy Lord Mayor. We are living through some unprecedented and unpredictable times, but I truly believe that if Bristolians continue to stick together then we can come out the other side and make good things happen.”
Sitting councillors will vote on the nominations put forward for the coming year’s positions as part of the city’s first meeting of Full Council to be held virtually. Due to the current restrictions on gatherings the meeting will be conducted via video conferencing with the Lord Mayor chairing from City Hall and members of the public invited to watch on the council’s YouTube channel.