Portsmouth’s new Lord Mayor takes office

Cllr Steven Wylie, the new Lord Mayor of Portsmouth
Cllr Steven Wylie, the new Lord Mayor of Portsmouth
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THE new Lord Mayor of Portsmouth has spoken of his pride about taking up the ceremonial role for the next year.

Councillor Steven Wylie has replaced Cllr Lynne Stagg after all members of the city council supported the decision at today’s mayor making ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall.

But the ruling Lib Dems’ bid to have Cllr Sandra Stockdale as deputy lord mayor was quashed by the Conservatives, Ukip and Labour, who instead opted to put Labour councillor David Horne in the position.

And as those three parties have a majority on the council, their vote was carried.

Cllr Wylie said of his new position to a packed out audience: ‘i am very proud and honoured to be your Lord Mayor.

‘I am also delighted that my wife Liz has said yes to being the Lady Mayoress.’

Cllr Wylie said he is dedicating his time in office to his mother who passed away shortly after last year’s mayor making ceremony.

The causes he is supporting this year are the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the Salvation Army, Pompey in the Community as well as play centres and youth clubs in Portsmouth.

Cllr Wylie said: ‘All these charities work to help young people and the elderly and the families of Portsmouth.’

A council meeting is to be held later today to decide its future leadership, with the tories favourites to claim control.’