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Glasgow elects new Depute Lord Provost

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Bailie Christy Mearns will be officially appointed Glasgow’s Depute Lord Provost at the meeting of full council on Thursday, 13 May.

The Scottish Green Party politician who currently serves as a Bailie received 40 votes, while the other contender, Councillor Maureen Burke, Scottish Labour Party, received 38 votes. A total of 85 councillors were eligible to vote.  There were 80 votes submitted. Two were rejected, on the basis that one had no signed signature slip and the other had a blank voting paper.

Lord Provost Philip Braat said: “My congratulations to Depute Lord Provost Mearns, with whom I look forward to working closely during the remainder of our tenure for the good, and civic wellbeing, of our great city.

“It is a privilege to serve the people of Glasgow and I am confident that my Depute will prove a worthy ambassador. I wish her every success. My commiserations to Councillor Burke, who fought a valiant and close campaign.

Bailie Mearns said: “I am delighted to have been elected to serve as our city’s next Depute Lord Provost. As a young woman and new parent, I am thrilled to be able to bring more diversity to the civic realm of the council; we are always stronger the more we work together, across ages, genders, backgrounds and political affiliations.

“In this year of COP26, Glasgow has an immense opportunity to lead on action on the climate emergency. I am looking forward to being able to amplify the voices of our citizens, particularly our children and young people who have already shown outstanding leadership on this issue, knowing their and our planet’s future is at stake.”

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