Lord Mayor Councillor Derrick Morgan to hold his role for another year

March 13, 2013 No Comments »

The current Lord Mayor of Cardiff is to carry on in the role for another year after he was renominated by the council’s ruling Labour group.

Llanrumney’s Derrick Morgan was elected Lord Mayor in September after the capital was left without a mayor for four months last summer.

Labour sparked controversy when it attempted to split the traditional role between two councillors by appointing Canton’s Cerys Furlong as “chairman”.

But Coun Furlong quit the post after four months following strong criticism of the move, saying she didn’t feel she could continue “without broad support”.

Labour has said it is continuing to pursue formal separation of the roles, but at Monday’s group meeting “sought to end any uncertainty over who shall fill the role” in 2013/14.

In a statement, Coun Morgan said: “I had the privilege of becoming Lord Mayor of Cardiff in September. I have worked with communities and organisations throughout the capital city to highlight the good work that goes, too often, unnoticed and undervalued.

“The Labour group wishes for me to be their nominee for the next year and I have accepted the faith that they have placed in me.”

Labour said it would decide at a later point whether they would nominate a candidate in future years.

They said the option of rotating the lord mayoralty between Labour and opposition parties – as is traditionally the case – remained an option.

No decision has been made on whether Labour will nominate a candidate for Deputy Lord Mayor for 2013/14.

Incumbent Deputy Lord Mayor, Labour group secretary Keith Jones, said: “Once my term of office ends in May I shall be standing down as is the traditional custom.

“The pool of talent from all 75 councillors from the 2012 election is of a high quality and I have no doubt that my successor, from whichever party, will serve Cardiff to the best of their ability.”

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