Wednesday 5 May 2021

Beverley Town Council elected a new Mayor at its annual meeting last night. The virtual ceremony via Zoom, and streamed over You Tube, showed Cllr. Linda Johnson confirmed by a majority vote. After pausing to put on the colourful ceremonial robes the 418th Mayor of Beverley thanked Cllr Tom Astell for his past year of service during the many challenges of the pandemic. Although he was then voted to take up the role of Deputy Mayor. The meeting was not without its tensions between parties, debating the appointment of committee members and chairs. You can watch a replay of the meeting here.

There’s a by-election tomorrow to fill a vacant seat representing the town council’s St Mary’s East Ward. It’s being contested by three candidates: David Elvidge – Conservative, Alison Healy – Liberal democrat and Jackie Heffer – for Labour.

East Riding residents will also be voting for Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner in tomorrow’s local elections. The current post holder and labour candidate Keith Hunter is re-standing; the two other contenders for the role are Conservative Jonathan Evison and Liberal-Democrat Bob Morgan. A booklet setting out the proposals of each candidate can be viewed online at