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The Lord Mayor

Cllr Bajaj And Wife

The Lord Mayor is Leicester’s first citizen and is elected each year at Annual Council. The Lord Mayor for 2021-2022 is Councillor Deepak Bajaj.

 

Thank You Day message

In a video message to mark Thank You Day on Sunday 4 July, the Lord Mayor of Leicester thanks all those who have supported their local community, neighbours, family and friends through the pandemic.

Background

Councillor Bajaj was born in Delhi, but came to Leicester as a young boy. He was brought up in Belgrave and became a councillor in 2007, representing the Evington ward. He has sat on various council committees including audit finance, children services, neighbourhoods, heritage, leisure, health, adult social care and the fire authority.

From an early age Cllr Bajaj began helping local people, particularly those with language barriers, and was always very keen to work with members of the community. He is passionate about Leicester and is looking forward to serving the citizens of Leicester for the next twelve months.

He is married to Shallu, who will support him as Lady Mayoress, and they have two sons and a daughter.  He will also be supported by his mother, Nisha, as his Consort.

Throughout his year of office, Cllr Bajaj will chose to appoint five spiritual advisors from key faith groups to represent the city’s diversity. Representatives will support him from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities.

Supporting charities

During his term of office, Cllr Bajaj will be supporting two charities - Silver Star Diabetes and The Royal Anglian Benevolent Charity.

Support for Silver Star Diabetes will specifically focus its work on Leicester’s first diabetes village to provide a one-stop shop for health checks, advice and guidance to anyone concerned about diabetes and the impact it can have on people’s lives. The Royal Anglian Benevolent Charity has a proud history with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and supports people who are injured in the line of duty, many of which have long-term disabilities or who for a variety of reasons fall on hard times when they leave the forces. 

Role of the Lord Mayor

The role of the Lord Mayor is primarily a ceremonial one, maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its citizens, and attending a variety of engagements during the year.

The Lord Mayor is an elected city councillor. Throughout their civic year of office, they must remain impartial and are unable to be involved in any political or contentious events/issues. In this respect, the Lord Mayor’s role differs from that of the Elected City Mayor, which is a political role and is responsible for the executive decision making of the council. 

The Lord Mayor attends and hosts many events within the city, a number of which are held every year, including the Remembrance Service and Parade, the Armed Forces Service and Parade, the Damask Rose Ceremony, Civic Service and Annual Council.

Inviting the Lord Mayor to a virtual event


Invite the Lord Mayor to a virtual event

If you wish to invite the Lord Mayor to attend your virtual event, you should complete and submit the online form at least four weeks before your event. For guidance or any other queries, please use the email below to get in touch.

Roll of Mayors

Information on former civic office holders is retained by the Member and Civic Support Team and can be made available by sending them an email to lord.mayor@leicester.gov.uk.

 

Contact

Send an email to the Lord Mayor's office: lord.mayor@leicester.gov.uk