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Camden has a new mayor! Richard Cotton wears the chain

Glory Glory Hallelujah! Tottenham supporter is borough's first citizen

17 May, 2017 — By Richard Osley

Richard Cotton with his deputy Jenny Headlam-Wells

CAMDEN has a new first citizen after retired housing officer Richard Cotton was handed the ceremonial chain last night in the annual mayor-making meeting.

The Town Hall was full of well-wishers and former mayors as Nadia Shah passed on the baton to her Labour Party colleague. Mr Cotton was serenaded by the Primrose Hill Choir who sang Amazing Grace, John Lennon’s Imagine and Glory Glory Hallelujah, a reworded version of which is played at the home matches of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

Georgia Gould is the new Town Hall leader

He will use his year in the mayor’s parlour to highlight the problem of homelessness and efforts to ensure everybody in Camden has somewhere to sleep at night. His chosen charity will be the C4WS Homeless Project which assists homeless people get back on their feet. Cllr Shah raised £75,000 for the Anna Freud Centre over the past 12 months.

Kentish Town councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells will serve as Camden’s deputy mayor.

Meanwhile, Georgia Gould was officially confirmed as the new leader of Camden Council at the same meeting, replacing Sarah Hayward after her decision to step down from the top job at Judd Street. Cllr Gould said she felt “privileged” to have been chosen for the role. Her election was uncontested by the Labour group.


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