Former Conservative council leader is new Mayor of Peterborough

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A former Conservative leader of Peterborough City Council will be the city’s mayor for the next year.

Councillor John Peach takes over from Cllr David Over after unanimousagreement at a full meeting of the council this evening (Wednesday, May 20).

New Peterborough Mayor John Peach with Deputy Mayor Nazim Khan.

New Peterborough Mayor John Peach with Deputy Mayor Nazim Khan.

Cllr Nazim Khan, who until recently was head of the council’s Labour group, was chosen as deputy mayor.

Cllr Peach, who serves Park Ward, was ousted by his own party as council leader in 2009.

He first became a councillor in 1997.

Cllr Khan, representative for Central Ward, has been a councillor since 2008.

He replaces Cllr Chris Harper as deputy mayor.

The choices of mayor and deputy were based on who had spent the longest time as a councillor.

Cllr Peach (55) spent three years as council leader and three years as deputy leader.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be elected mayor. I’ve always lived in Peterborough, I’ve been to school in Peterborough and worked in Peterborough.

“I’m really looking forward to going to a lot of events and local groups and organisations and help them raise a lot of money.”

The mayor’s charities will be Peterborough Scouts and Guides, the Combined Cadet Forces, Age UK Peterborough and Hope into Action.

The new mayoress will be Cllr Peach’s friend Janet Martin.

Cllr Peach was nominated by Cllr Bella Saltmarsh. She said: “I’m sure John with Janet to help him will be an excellent ambassador for the city.”

Cllr Khan was nominated by Cllr Mohammed Jamil who highlighted his service to Peterborough after moving to the city 50 years ago.

Cllr John Shearman, the seconder for Cllr Khan’s nomination, added: “He’s a highly respected member of his community and received an MBE from Her Majesty for work in the community.”

Proposing a vote of thanks to the departing mayor, Conservative group leader Cllr John Holdich said: “He fulfilled his role in exemplary fashion. He took time to engage with people.

“You can be proud of what you achieved as ambassador for the city.”

In response, Cllr Over said: “I feel humbled. What a year it’s been. One of the best years of my life. There were certainly no low points.

“I wish the new mayor every success in the coming year.”

The mayor’s award was handed over by Cllr Over to brain tumour charity Anna’s Hope.