A LITTLE bit of civic history will be made in Kirklees in May.
Clr Julie Stewart-Turner will become the first member of the Green Party to be proposed as next Mayor of Kirklees.
And she will also be the first Green politician to be the civic head of a metropolitan authority.
Clr Stewart-Turner will be proposed at the council’s annual meeting and Mayor-making ceremony on Wednesday May 20.
Clr Andrew Palfreeman, a Tory councillor for Birstall, has been nominated as deputy Mayor.
Clr Stewart-Turner was born in Surrey. She moved to Huddersfield in 1991 and has been a councillor for Newsome since 2002.
She worked for the party for several years before becoming a member in 2001.
She also spent 10 months in South Africa before returning to Huddersfield.
Since her election to Kirklees Council, she has been actively involved in saving Lockwood and Salford Village Green and was a founder of the Yorkshire Games.
She is married to Darrel Turner, a self-employed computer lathe engineer. He will be her consort during her year as Mayor.
Clr Stewart-Turner said: “I’m thrilled and honoured.
“There has been a Green mayor in one of the small district councils but never in a metropolitan area.
“The thing I am most looking forward to is seeing the huge diversity of people and activities we have in Kirklees. That and the hats – I love dressing up.”
Clr Stewart-Turner has a prominent role in community life and a passion for helping individuals and community groups to develop.
Joining Clr Stewart-Turner in the civic team for 2009-10 will be Batley-born Clr Palfreeman, a former leader of the Conservative Group.
He is a member for Birstall and Birkenshaw, where he has lived all his life and he takes great satisfaction from representing his local community.
He served as a Conservative Cabinet member for almost three years and now wants to use his membership of the Mayoral team to promote the wide diversity of Kirklees and increase different communities’ understanding of each other.
Clr Palfreeman enjoys spending time with his family and watching cricket. He is a patron of East Bierley CC and has been a member of St Paul’s Church, Birkenshaw, for more than 50 years, singing in the choir since he was seven.
He is married to Liz, who will be his Deputy Mayoress, and they have a son, Mark.