The city of Preston has formally welcomed Councillor Neil Darby as its 694th Mayor.Advertisement
Councillor Darby is one of the youngest to hold the role, as far as records show, at just 34 years old.
After serving as Deputy Mayor throughout 2021/22, Councillor Darby has become the Mayor following the completion of Councillor Iqbal’s term in office.
Councillor Darby was born in Chelmsford, Essex and graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies. He moved to Preston in 2010 after his university placement year in the office of Sir Menzies Campbell MP in Westminster.
Currently working as the Administration and Marketing Coordinator at a leisure park, Councillor Darby is particularly proud of its record as five-time consecutive finalists for the Lancashire Tourism Awards Sustainability Award, and 2019 winners.
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Councillor Darby has been active in local politics since moving to Preston, first standing for election in the Tulketh ward in 2011.
He began helping in Ingol, Tanterton, Cottam and Lea Town working with former county councillor Bill Winlow in 2012, and first won election to the Ingol ward in 2014. He has represented the Ingol and Cottam ward since its creation in 2019.
Since 2019 he has been the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Preston City Council and has also sat on the Planning Committee since that election.
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Councillor Darby said: ““It is a privilege and an honour to become the Mayor of Preston – a city that means a great deal to me and has been my home for many years.
“Being the youngest Mayor of Preston in modern times and part of the LGBTQ+ community shows the growing diversity of elected Councillors at the City Council and being representative of the current make-up of Preston residents.
“I hope to make a positive difference to the community and to provide a voice to those who might otherwise go unheard. It has been a privilege to serve on Preston City Council and it is an immense honour to now become the Mayor of Preston.”
Councillor Darby has selected The Intact Centre in Ingol and the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust charity as his mayoral charities.
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