Baroness Blake? Leeds City Council leader gets House of Lords peerage
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It is thought that a successor for leader of Leeds City Council will be announced in the new year, but has not yet been disclosed when the peerage officially begins.
While Coun Blake’s official title is not yet known, female recipients of peerages often take the title of “Baroness” before their name.
Coun Blake has served as Leader of Leeds City Council since 2015 and was deputy leader for five years before that. She has also been a ward councillor in Leeds for 24 years.
Responding to the announcement, Coun Blake said: “I am honoured to be selected to join the House of Lords at this hugely important time. It has been a great privilege to serve as Leader of my home city of Leeds for the last five and a half years.
“Joining the House of Lords will allow me to continue to represent the interests of our city in Westminster. It has never been more important to have regional voices with experience of local government represented at a national level.”
It is not yet known when Councillor Blake will start discussions in the New Year to ensure a smooth transition for when she steps down as Leader of Leeds City Council, once it is clear when her new role will commence.