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Eileen Taylor becomes the first black Lord Mayor of Leeds

MAKING HISTORY: Eileen Taylor

EILEEN TAYLOR, a Leeds councillor, has made history as it was announced she’ll become the city’s first black Lord Mayor.

Cllr Taylor will take on the role later this year and will become the 126th Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Announcing her appointment at a Leeds City Council meeting on Wednesday (Jan 16) Cllr Taylor said it was a proud moment and 'huge honour', which showed the 'great diversity our city has', Leeds-Live reports.

She said: "I feel extremely delighted and grateful for the huge honour of representing our fantastic city of Leeds by becoming the new Lord Mayor for 2019/20. Being the first black Lord Mayor and a woman is a position which I am very proud of and really shows how great and diverse our city is."

Cllr Taylor’s father came to England in the 1960s as a part of the Windrush Generation and she joined him in the early 1970s when she was a teenager.

She studied at Park Lane College before working for the NHS in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health at the age of 19 and in 2008, she became councillor for the Chapel Allerton ward and took early retirement in 2012 to concentrate on local politics.

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