Congratulations to Rosie Corrigan who has become Selby's new mayor. Rosie is now the UK's youngest ever mayor.
We spoke to Rosie who said, "I am so happy to have the honour of being the Mayor of Selby, my lovely home town. I am looking forward to working particularly with the children and young people. One of the first things that I have done is to hold a picture and poetry competition... for pupils at local secondary schools, to mark the beginning of the First World War. The entries were of such a high standard, and it was extremely difficult to pick the winner- who will be invited to be my assistant to the Selby Town Council’s Fun Day, which will be held on 15th June. Also, one of my first functions as Mayor was to present grants to local community groups on behalf of the Town Council. We’re very proud to support local community groups, and have spent £32 000 on supporting these local organisations this year. I’d like to thank those volunteers who work hard to assist local residents and improve our community all year round, often with very little recognition. They’re a great example of what makes Selby a wonderful town”.
Rosie has the backing of the former deputy prime minister John Prescott who provided Rosie with assistance when she served as chair of Hull University's Labour society. Rosie has just finished her penultimate year of a politics degree at Hull University.
Rosie began political life on the school council and co-founded Selby Youth council. Rosie was a member of UK Youth Parliament, and in 2011, at the age of was 18 ran for the local council elections as a Labour candidate. Having won her election, she then stood for the role of Deputy Mayor in 2013. On May 19th she ran uncontested to become Mayor at the annual town council meeting having being deputy Mayor over the last year. Rosie is also a member of the Labour Party and works actively in the town to improve standards of living for all residents.
Local resident Peter Chambers 52 of Staynor, Selby, said it is very refreshing the council has chosen a young mayor and that the role has gone to Rosie who has lived in Selby her entire life.
Selby has a pro-active political community, turnout at the 2010 general election was 71.5%
We would like to wish Rosie all the best in her new position as town mayor.