Westminster Council has elected a new Lord Mayor, and for the first time in its history the ceremony happened online.
Councillor Jonathan Glanz, a Conserative for West End ward, was given the ceremonial title on May 20. He succeeds Labour councillor Ruth Bush.
“I am thrilled to be taking on this new role as Lord Mayor and look forward to celebrating everything we have to offer in this vibrant city,” Mr Glanz said, via a Microsoft Teams conference.
“While the world we currently live in is different due to COVID-19, I want to make sure everyone in Westminster feels fully supported by us during this uncertain time.”
The new mayor leaves his post of lead member of broadband and connectivity, a role that was all about helping Westminster businesses and residents get better access to technology.
Mr Glanz, a solicitor, continued: “One of my main aims during my time as Lord Mayor is inclusion, so all those people who live, work and visit Westminster have equal opportunities in the world-class services we have to offer.”
Every Lord Mayor also chooses a charity to sponsor during a year of fundraising and campaigning. Mr Glanz has chosen Centrepoint, which provides shelter for young homeless people.
When Ms Bush became the mayor in 2019, it was the first time the Conservative majority party had offered the role to a member of the minority party.
Ms Bush said in her speech: “I have had a remarkable year as Lord Mayor of Westminster and have met many inspiring people, in all walks of life, who are making a real difference to the people of this city.
“I thank the majority party on the council for making the historic change to having a lord mayor elected from the minority party. It has been a delight to work with the team in the lord mayor’s office, and other staff at City Hall. I look forward to seeing everyone again in person, once it is safe for us to meet.”