A VETERAN Dewsbury councillor has been sworn in as the new mayor of Kirklees.
Coun Mumtaz Hussain was introduced by outgoing mayor Gwen Lowe at a civic reception on Wednesday.
The Labour councillor has been Coun Lowe’s deputy for the past 12 months, meaning he makes the step up for the next council year.
Coun Hussain will be joined by his wife Noreen who will be mayoress for his term of office.
Coun Neil Patrick (Con, Holme Valley South) will be his deputy.
Coun Hussain has been a Kirklees councillor since 2006 representing the Dewsbury West ward, and has also been on the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel and a part of the Kirklees Community Association. He has also been chairman of licensing and has sat on the West Yorkshire Fire Authority panel.
Coun Hussain has chosen Diabetes UK and Samaritans as his two chosen charities to support throughout the year.
“I have had a wonderful time this last year as deputy mayor,” he said.
“It has been a privilege to meet so many people doing great work in the borough and contributing to the community and the area in general.
“I am looking forward to getting to know many more community groups, organisations and businesses in the area during my term of office. To be mayor is a great honour and privilege and I am looking forward to undertaking this very special role.”
Coun Patrick has been a ward councillor since 2002, having also served as a parish councillor from 1995.
He said: “I enjoy working as a local councillor and always try my best to strive for positive results within the local community. It is an honour to be selected to represent the borough as deputy mayor, and both my wife Judith and I are looking forward to undertaking this important civic role.”