AFTER almost three decades in politics David Horne lost his place on the council and with that the chance to become the Lord Mayor for Portsmouth.
Mr Horne, who has served as a Labour councillor for 27 years – and 23 of those for Paulsgrove – lost his seat in yesterday’s election.
He got 1,745 votes, but Gemma New just beat him with 1,814 votes, and turned the ward to Conservative.
Mr Horne said: ‘After 27 years as a councillor everybody kept telling me it will be all right and I will keep my seat.
‘But I think what has happened nationally has been reflected locally and I lost to a Tory.
‘Of course I’m disappointed and upset, but that’s just the way it goes in politics.
‘I still want to carry on serving and be a part of the Paulsgrove community, but clearly I can’t do as much now I’m not a councillor.
‘I will still help set up the Paulsgrove carnival and I will be involved in Paulsgrove projects.
‘I would like to be a councillor again, but only in the Paulsgrove ward.’
Mr Horne was announced as deputy Lord Mayor last year, and had he kept his seat, would have become the mayor on May 19.
But now he has lost his seat the council must look at current serving councillors, who have previously been Lord Mayors before.
Mr Horne added: ‘I have been Lord Mayor before and it would have been good to do it again, but it wasn’t meant to be.
‘I understand Frank Jonas is interested and if that’s the case, then he will be the Lord Mayor from May 19.’
Councillor Frank Jonas, who was voted in last year for the Hilsea ward, said he would like to be mayor again.
It something that has been backed by council leader Councillor Donna Jones.
She said: ‘We had to be prepared in case David Horne lost his seat and we may have to pick another Lord Mayor.
‘On the current council only Frank Jonas and Lynne Stagg have served before and Frank said he would like to go again.
‘We don’t have a problem with that, so now we speak to opposition parties.
‘As far as the deputy Lord Mayor for next year goes, we’re supporting Cllr David Fuller.’