Liverpool’s first black Lord Mayor has been named ‘political figure of the year’ at the Ethnicity Awards – in a field which also featured some of the country’s best known politicians.
Councillor Anna Rothery beat off competition from an impressive shortlist which included Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and MP David Lammy.
The Lord Mayor, who was sworn in as the city’s leading citizen just six weeks ago, was nominated in the category for a politician “that has ensured the BAME community is accurately represented”.
In her role as a councillor since 2006, she has sought to demystify politics (particularly for women and BAME people) and highlight minority community issues.
In her first speech as Lord Mayor she reinforced her motivations to “continue to fight for others; for race equality, gender equality, social mobility and much more.”
Cllr Rothery said she was “so proud” to have won the award, describing it as “unexpected”.
She was not the only Liverpool winner at the ceremony – which took place at the Grand Cannaught Rooms in London – as Bollywood actress Amy Jackson, who was born and brought up in the city, won the ‘Influencer’ award.