Manchester gay mayor blocked from standing for election

Manchester gay mayor blocked from standing for election
Local News
Posted on 3 Nov 2017

Former Mr Gay UK and Manchester’s first gay mayor has said that he’s ‘hurt, upset and gutted’ after being de-selected in his council seat.

Carl Austin-Behan lost a crunch vote, which effectively saw him de-selected for his Burnage ward, as Momentum gain ground in the city’s party.

Austin-Behan’s position as lord mayor, which he was appointed last year, made headlines around the world after he became the first openly gay person to hold the ceremonial position.

Carl, the former Mr Gay UK said in 2016 how much taking the position meant to him after he was kicked out of the military in the ‘90s due to his sexuality.

In a statement, Mr Austin-Behan said: “Unfortunately, due to the new city council ward boundary changes which take effect from May 2018, I failed to gain the majority of support from the ‘new’ Burnage members of the Labour party.

“It has been a pleasure serving the residents of Burnage since I first stood in 2010, just missing out on 183 votes, but then winning in 2011 with a majority of over 1,500 and then again in 2015 with a majority of 2,775.

“I have loved every minute of being a local resident and councillor and I leave with my head held high, knowing that Burnage is in a much better place.”

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