Today was the annual council in which the mayor is elected into office and the leader of the council is elected.
Southend has a tradition whereby its Mayor's are decided by length of service which allows opposition members to become Mayor and not a privilege of the ruling party.
The outgoing May was Cllr Ann Holland who had a successful year by raising the profile of Southend locally, nationally and internationally.
The incoming Mayor is long serving Labour Victoria ward councillor David Norman. David is a rare type of politician who is by far the best speaker in the chamber and a real gentleman to. It is a tragic that a politician of David's calibre did not not make it onto the green benches of Parliament.
I wish David every success as Southend's first citizen