Priest elected Lord Mayor

26 May 2011

by a staff reporter

A PRIEST who has served in a Leeds inner-city parish for 27 years has been elected Lord Mayor of the city council.

Canon Alan Taylor (above) said that his election as Mayor of Leeds Council was a “fantastic honour”. He is thought to be the first Lord Mayor of the city to be also a serving parish priest.

He has been Vicar at St Aidan’s, Harehills, since 1984, and has served on the council as a Liberal Dem­ocrat for the past 12 years. He was elected after a former councillor, who was due to become Mayor, lost her seat in the May elections.

Parishioners are supportive of his extra duties, he said. “I’ve been spinning plates all my life with different roles; so it won’t be a problem. We have a good team of people at St Aidan’s who can help out if I am busy. The role of Lord Mayor is an important civic role, and one which any councillor would be proud to take.”

Mr Taylor is also the Liberal Democrat councillor for Gipton and Harehills, an area that covers most of the parish.

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