Former Lord Mayor is made an alderman
FORMER Lord Mayor Peter Brookshaw has been made an alderman of the city.
Mr Brookshaw, whose year in office ended in acrimony after he fell out with his Conservative group leadership, was proposed by council leader Tudor Evans.
Mr Evans praised Mr Brookshaw's political and voluntary work.
"I am very pleased that Peter is a former boy from North Prospect," said Cllr Evans, who represents Ham ward, which includes North Prospect.
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"Peter is a Plymothian through and through and loves this city, and this is an opportunity for the city to reciprocate."
Cllr Ted Fry, deputy leader of the Conservative group, seconded the nomination in a brief speech wishing Mr Brookshaw "a long and happy time as an alderman".
Mr Brookshaw thanked the council for the honour.
Earlier he told The Herald that his main claim to fame as a former Tory Cabinet member was the housing stock transfer from the council to housing associations. "We transferred 16,500 council homes, which was the biggest in the country at the time."
Mr Brookshaw was the Cabinet member responsible for overseeing the completion of the Life Centre, and also worked on ethnic minority issues such as sites for Gypsies and Travellers.
But he said yesterday that if he ever stood for election again it would not be as a Conservative after his dispute with his party's leadership over the role of the Lord Mayor.
He said that not a single Conservative councillor had phoned to congratulate him on his appointment as an alderman.
"My wife Brenda and I had a fantastic year as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and we are still getting invitations to open things," he said.