Terry Follows Denver as Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent

Popular Independent Councillor Terry Follows will be sworn in as the next Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent on 26th May.

Terry the newly elected Councillor for Hanford & Trentham will take the office vacated by the hugely successful Cllr Denver Tolley who retires from both the office of Lord Mayor and as a city councillor.

Denver’s year in office coincided with the celebrations to
mark the Centenary of the Federation of the 6 Towns.

Cllr Follows’s consort is to be his friend Jackie Pearson.

Terry is a true Stoke lad. Born in Fenton the son of a miner and a pottery worker, he was first elected to serve in Fenton. He has been a city councillor for a total of 15 years.

Terry was originally a Conservative Councillor and when he first stood for election in the ward of Trentham he actually defeated the sitting Independent councillor.

Following a disagreement over the future of Trentham High School, Terry left the Conservatives and joined the City Independent Group. He was Deputy Leader of the CIG until the recent election.

Speaking to Terry today, he said that he was extremely proud and honoured to be considered for the office of the First Citizen of the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

He is expected to be elected unopposed at the Annual Council Meeting on 26th May which can be viewed online at the city council website from 11am.

Labour councillor for the new ward of Etruria & Hanley Majid Khan will be elected as Deputy Lord Mayor and will take office in May 2012.

Terry Follows will take his easy going nature into the
role as Lord Mayor which will ensure his success in the ceremonial role. He will also adopt an easy going approach to his role as the Chairman of the City Council.

The Lord Mayor is the First Citizen of Stoke-on-Trent, and with this comes a high profile role in promoting and maintaining the interests of the city and its people.

The Lord Mayor attends a variety of engagements throughout his year in office, such as Civic Receptions, Parades and general visits.

Current Lord Mayor Cllr Denver Tolley has excelled at all aspects of the role and Terry Follows will be as equally successful for sure.

Stoke-on-Trent Labour Lose Respected Councillor

Following a protracted period of of rumour that refused to go away, it can be confirmed that the Labour Group on Stoke-on-Trent City Council has lost a respected serving councillor.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal resigned from the Labour Group over the weekend and is now sitting as a non-aligned member.

Cllr Iqbal is a community leader in Shelton and is a major figure within the Asian Community, he has worked tirelessly to represent the electorate of Hanley East and Shelton.

His resignation comes after Labour Party members in his area opted to select Cllr Majid Khan for the new council ward of Hanley Park & Shelton.

The new ward was formed following the Electoral Review by the Boundary Committee which proposes a mixture of 33 single-member wards, four two-member wards and one three-member ward. The council will hold all out elections this year.

Cllr Iqbal is expected to contest the Hanley Park and Shelton ward as an Independent.

It has been rumoured that Cllr Iqbal would be joining the Community Voice group but it is likely that he will join an new Independent froup formed out of some serving and past councillors.

Rumours are rife around the corridors of the Civic Centre that Cllr Najmi will follow Cllr Iqbal very shortly.