New Barnet mayor 'proud' to be elected

Hugh and his wife Susan, when he was deputy mayor in 2010

Hugh and his wife Susan, when he was deputy mayor in 2010

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Councillor Hugh Rayner will become the new Mayor of Barnet after being elected by his Conservative colleagues last night.

The Hale ward councillor will officially take over the role from current Mayor, Councillor Melvin Cohen, when he is sworn in later this year.

Nominating Cllr Rayner for the role, fellow Tory councillor Tom Davey said: “He knows our residents, he knows how the council works and he knows how to chair a meeting.”

He thanked Cllr Rayner for showing him the ropes on the council, and praised him for being a “diligent and courteous” man who treats everyone equally.

Councillor Kate Salinger seconded the nomination, calling Cllr Rayner a “chivalrous” gentleman whose energy would never flag.

Labour group members nominated Cllr Agnes Slocombe as their candidate for mayor, but she lost the vote to Cllr Rayner, 20 to 36.

Cllr Rayner told fellow councillors “how proud” he was to be elected.

He has chosen Cllr David Longstaff to be his deputy.

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1:10am Thu 6 Mar 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Hugh Rayner will become the new Mayor? Are you sure? There is the small matter of an election in May before the Mayoralty can be decided. It seems that the Barnet Times is following in Mrs Angry's footsteps - never letting the facts get in the way of a story.
Hugh Rayner will become the new Mayor? Are you sure? There is the small matter of an election in May before the Mayoralty can be decided. It seems that the Barnet Times is following in Mrs Angry's footsteps - never letting the facts get in the way of a story. Don't Call Me Dave
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6:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Barnet Parker says...

The arrogance of this administration is staggering - voting a new mayor in before the electorate have had their say. I suppose if they do get in again it frees up time at the first meeting to vote in their massive allowance increase like they did last time...although from the conversations I've been having with fellow residents it's a very big if!
The arrogance of this administration is staggering - voting a new mayor in before the electorate have had their say. I suppose if they do get in again it frees up time at the first meeting to vote in their massive allowance increase like they did last time...although from the conversations I've been having with fellow residents it's a very big if! Barnet Parker
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10:25am Sun 9 Mar 14

Hunted999 says...

In fairness to Mrs Angry, Not Dave, I do find her writing wittier than just regurgitating Barnet Council press release which The Times seems content to do these days.
In fairness to Mrs Angry, Not Dave, I do find her writing wittier than just regurgitating Barnet Council press release which The Times seems content to do these days. Hunted999
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