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On 1st April 2009 I was elected by councillors from all parties to become Mayor of Lambeth at a ceremony held in the council chamber.

At the ceremony I was proposed by Councillor Steve Reed, the leader of the council and seconded by Councillor Ashley Lumsden, the leader of the opposition – who both gave speeches outlining why they were proposing me as Mayor. After councillors elected me as their Mayor I entered the council chamber where I read and signed a pledge of office.

The outgoing Mayor, Councillor Angie Meader, then lead me out of the chamber to the Mayors parlour where I was dressed in the chains and badge of office for the first time.

On returning to the chamber I read a short speech where I outlined the charities that I will be supporting this year, together with outlining my focus for the year.

Following my speech I chaired a short meeting where the council agreed the make up of the cabinet and committees. Here I also conducted my first vote, which is required when not all councillors agree on a decision, which is done electronically.

After the meeting I held a reception in the Mayors parlour where guests from the evening and councillors joined me to celebrate the forthcoming civic year.


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Le Retraite Awards Ceremony

On 15 December I attended La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ Schools Certificate Awards Ceremony. The event was preceded by the annual carol service which included readings from the students, a medley of music from the school band and of course the school choir singing a selection of seasonal music.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe was the nights guest of honour, presenting certificates to students and she gave an excellent speech talking about how she had come from a similar background as many of the students and had gone on to University and now an elected councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

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On Friday 12th December I attending the Metropolitan police service passing out parade for the student intake 02/08-9. Students passing out that will be coming to Lambeth were trained at Croydon, and during the day I met with them and their families. They will come to Brixton and Kennington where they had spent time whilst training.

Their proud parents had come from far and wide, I met one students family whose mother had worked for Lambeth and other local authorities in the past but now lived abroad.

Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow with the Deputy Mayor of Lambeth

Whilst at the event I met with the current Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow, the first borough I had lived in as a child. Whilst talking I discovered that Councillor John Nickolay was my councillor when I was three years old and that his first child was born two months after me at the same hospital in Kingsbury.

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On Tuesday 25 November I attended the launch of the Bereavement Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the Beareavement Centre is housied in a private space which allows staff to provide practival help and informal support to bereaved people.  I was interested to learn of the ‘tell us once’ project that works to help the bereaved deal with issues such as cancelling benefits, pensions etc and register a death without the need to return to the registry  office at a very difficult time.

The centre was officially opened by Baroness Neuberger DBE who I was interested to discover was once a constituent in Clapham Town Ward, living in Orlando Road.

Opening of Bereavement Centre

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Residents Conference

On Saturday 15 November 2008 I attended the Lambeth Living Tenants Conference 2008.

The annual conference was held this year at Lambeth Town Hall and I attended on behalf of the Mayor of Lambeth to host tea with delegates and the annual prize draw.

Lambeth Living Tenants Conference 2008

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On 19 November I attended the London South Bank University honorary awards ceremony at Southwark Cathedral. Each year the university awards Honorary Degrees and Fellowships to individuals who have made a unique and exceptional contribution in their field.

Honored this year:

Graeme Catto, President General Medical Council, Doctorate of Science.

David Waboso, Director of Engineering, London Underground Honorary Fellowship

Patricia Moberly, Chair Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Doctorate of Science

Henry and Lillian Stephenson, Architect and design team Honorary Fellowship

Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor North-West University of South Africa Doctorate of Laws

Jane Newell OBE, Former Chair of the Board of Governors, LSBU Doctorate of Laws

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The Caribbean Hindu Cultural Society is one of the oldest Hindu Societies in the U.K. On Tuesday 28 October the Deputy Mayoress and joined them for a Diwali Celebration.

We were welcomed by the President of the Association who introduced the festival which was a mixture of prayer, readings, song and dance. His Excellency Laleshwar KN Singh, The High Commissioner for Guyana in the United Kingdom gave a Diwali Message. I followed thanking the society for making me welcome and congratulating the dancers who had entertained us.

After a colourful evening we shared a very tasty curry and were given sweets to take home. We saw some of the work the society are doing to improve their building – with the work done by volunteers.

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