Bradford’s new Lord Mayor for the civic year 2022 to 2023 has been announced at the Annual Meeting of Bradford Council, today.
Green Party Councillor Martin Love has become the new Lord Mayor of Bradford and Councillor Matt Edwards the new Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford.
Cllr Love has been a Green campaigner for over 40 years and has served on the Council for 20 years.
He lives in Shipley with his wife, Helen, and their sons, Tom and George and their dog, Benji.
Cllr Love is now one of the longest-serving councillors in the district and has served on numerous committees during his time, chairing the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee for several years.
In his day job, Martin works as a dry stone waller, having taken up the craft in 2011 following many years working in IT, as he wanted a change from sitting at a desk and being able to enjoy Yorkshire’s constant sunshine.
In his spare time, he enjoys running and is the Men’s Veterans Captain of Saltaire Striders Running Club. He is also a Bradford City supporter.
Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Martin Love said: “It is such an honour to be installed as the Lord Mayor for the city and district I love and I am hugely proud.
“I am looking forward to getting out and meeting the people of the district and attending as many events as I can.”
Cllr Edwards is the Deputy Leader of the Green Group in Bradford Council. He first stood in Tong Ward in 2015 and campaigns across the local community on a variety of issues.
Cllr Edwards has been campaigning on a number of big issues in Tong Ward including fly-tipping and making the areas safer. He has also been a prominent campaigner against Bradford Council’s plans to build a new link road through the Tong Valley.
The Tong councillor lives with his partner and, when not campaigning in the local community, works at a high street bank helping people to manage their financial affairs.
Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Matt Edwards, said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve as Deputy Lord Mayor.
“Martin is a tireless local councillor and I know he’ll be an excellent representation of our City. It will be a privilege to support him in this role.”
There has been a Lord Mayor of Bradford since 1847 with the incorporation of the borough (Bradford became a county borough in 1989 and a city in 1897) and each Lord Mayor must be a serving councillor.
The Lord Mayor is the First Citizen of the city and is elected by other councillors in the chamber.
The role is mostly ceremonial, but the Lord Mayor will also chair meetings such as the full council meeting.
Cllr Love and Cllr Edwards will serve a one-year term, carrying out hundreds of engagements a year, from major civic events such as the annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service and meeting, supporting and connecting local communities and organisations.