Lib Dem councillors elected in Mayoral roles

Geoff Harrison, a district councillor for Cunningham has been elected the new Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, with Park Street district councillor Syed Abidi being elected as Deputy Mayor. 

Geoff has chosen St Albans for Refugees as his charity for the year.

He was made Mayor for 2022/23 at the Annual Meeting of the Council following the Thursday 5 May elections.

Cllr Harrison, who succeeds Cllr Edgar Hill, has been a District Councillor for 22 years and becomes the City’s 478th Mayor with the first having been appointed in 1553.

He will chair Full Council meetings and represent the City at a variety of events, often involving voluntary and charity groups. 

Cllr Harrison said: “I’m delighted and proud to have been elected Mayor for the second time while serving on the Council.

“I am looking forward to supporting the District’s voluntary groups, charities, businesses and the community as a whole during these challenging times as we recover from the pandemic and deal with a cost of living crisis.

“I’ve chosen St Albans for Refugees as my charity and will be fundraising for them throughout the year. They have done a tremendous amount of work to welcome Syrian refugees to our District, helping them settle into a new way of life.

“They are now using that experience to aid Ukrainian refugees fleeing the current conflict and I want to show our appreciation for that effort by raising some much-needed funds.”

Cllr Harrison, who was Mayor in 2014/15,  has lived in St Albans since 1994 and was a sales engineer before working for supermarkets in various roles.

He has done voluntary work for a number of local organisations including the Centre for Voluntary Service, Pioneer Youth Club and Highfield Park Trust.

Cllr Abidi was born in Lucknow, Northern India, where he  gained an MSc degree in Chemistry before moving abroad.

After settling in the UK, he worked for three decades in various Government departments including the Treasury, Foreign Office and in No 10 Downing Street. 

He is a passionate cricket fan, a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club and follows England as part of the supporters’ group known as the Barmy Army.



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