Plymouth's new Lord Mayor says role will be her chance to say thank you to the city

Plymouth's new Lord Mayor says the role will be her chance to say thank you to the city. Councillor Tina Tuohy said it was an "honour" to be appointed.

Councillor Pauline Murphy will be her Deputy Lord Mayor for the coming year. They were both officially elected at the Annual General Meeting of Plymouth City Council on Friday (May 17).

Councillor Tuohy currently serves as a Ham ward councillor and was first elected to the ward in 2009. She is also vice-chair of the Planning Committee.

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She attended schools in Devon, Switzerland and London and later studied Fine Arts in London at the City and Guilds Arts School and Central School of Arts. She moved to Plymouth in 1970 where she got married and raised her family.

In 1987, she became a mature student at University of Exeter and gained a PhD in Archaeology and completed a course in Wetland Archaeology in Leiden in the Netherlands.

She said: “It is an honour to be elected as the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth for the coming year. I have always loved Plymouth since I moved here in 1970.

"I will take this year as an opportunity to say thank you to those who make Plymouth such a lovely place to live, to work and to visit."

Councillor Tuohy was a governor at the old North Prospect Primary School before it became the Mayflower Academy and has also worked to introduce archaeology to primary school children and local community groups. She has campaigned to support the community of North Prospect throughout her work as a councillor, living in the area for over 40 years.

Councillor Pauline Murphy was first elected as a councillor in the Efford and Lipson ward in 2010. She is currently chair of the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee and chair/champion of the Armed Forces Covenant. She is also a member of the Scrutiny Management Board and the Lord Mayor's committee.

Pauline has also served as Deputy Lady Mayoress between 2005 and 2006, Lady Mayoress between 2008 and 2009, Deputy Lord Mayor between 2014 and 2015, and the Lord Mayor of Plymouth from 2016 to 2017.

She said: “To be elected as the next Deputy Lord Mayor is a privilege and an honour. I am really looking forward to supporting Councillor Tuohy for the next year as her deputy, meeting new people and attending civic events."

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