Cllr Anna Rothery to continue as Lord Mayor for second term

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Cllr Anna Rothery, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool has been reappointed for another year as the city’s first citizen. Cllr Rothery who was preceded by Peter Brennan and Christine Banks, will be formally endorsed at a city council’s cabinet meeting later today.

Beyond already making history in 2019 by becoming the city’s first black mayor, she will make history once more later today by becoming the first mayor in the city council's history to serve two successive terms.

Her list of achievements not only include being named the UK’s most influential black politician as recently as last year, but broader success on an International front too. In 2012, she spoke as a guest speaker at the United Nations forum on Religious, Linguistic and Cultural difference. She detailed how she became active within local politics in Liverpool and emphasised the need for renewed support on the matter of equality for the minority communities in Liverpool.

She herself is a Liverpool native, having been raised in Belvedere Road, Toxteth, Liverpool as one of four children and born to Bernadette and Hubert George Rothery. She was educated at Granby Street Primary School, St Silas Junior School and Paddington Comprehensive before sociology, Psychology and undertaking an MA in Business and Regeneration in 2007 at Liverpool University.

Her success has been a culmination of steady growth in positions of leadership at local level. She first represented Princes Park Ward in 2006 before becoming the Chair of Culture, Tourism and Sport in 2013. She has long been active in the community, helping to establish the Granby Toxteth Partnership and working on numerous government initiatives.

In addition to this, Lord Mayor Anna Rothery is OBV alumna, having graduated from the OBV MP shadowing scheme. She is the owner four charities - The Anthony Walker Foundation, Amadudu Womens Refuge centre, LCR Pride and Merseyside Somali Association. Last year, in a bid to support these she launched the ‘201 club’ which allowed businesses to donate £1000 of their earnings per year which was then split among the four charities.

Many will be wishing her continued strength both this week and long into the future, on what is no doubt a proud day for her.


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