Councillor Graham Latty is the 125th person to hold the Office of Lord Mayor of Leeds.
He was born in Leeds and has been a local ward Councillor since 2000. During his political career Graham has been Deputy Conservative Group Whip and approximately five years ago became Chief Opposition Whip, a role he has thoroughly enjoyed.
Graham met and married his wife Pat, also a local Councillor, in 1979. They have five children between them and fifteen grandchildren.
As the first citizen of Leeds, it is the role of the Lord Mayor to represent, speak on the behalf of and act in the best interests of all citizens and communities of Leeds. The Lord Mayor meets with citizens, supports communities, promotes the city and welcomes visitors. The Lord Mayor also attends events which celebrate the contribution of organisations from all sectors to the life of the city of Leeds. The Lord Mayor holds a ceremonial non-partisan role, meaning that the Lord Mayor cannot engage in political or Ward matters during their time in office.
The Lord Mayor’s term of office is annual and normally starts on the third Thursday of May, however this can be subject to change.
The Lord Mayor is delighted that his wife, Councillor Pat Latty, has agreed to accompany him as the Lady Mayoress during his term of office and they are both very much looking forward to their year ahead. If you would like further information about the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress (including any dietary requirements), please click on the documents link at the bottom of this page to view their full biography.
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Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2018 – 2019
Each Lord Mayor chooses a Leeds based charity, close to their heart, to champion during their year of office. Throughout the year, the Lord Mayor focuses on the work of their chosen charity, with the aim of bringing the whole city together to raise awareness and funds through hosting a range of events and activities. It is a fantastic way for the city to support a local charity and show their civic pride.
For more information, watch our What will you do? video:
St Gemma’s Hospice
The Lord Mayor has chosen St Gemma’s Hospice as his charity for this year. St Gemma’s Hospice has worked with the community of Leeds for 40 years, to ensure that when local people face the end of life, it can be pain-free, dignified and peaceful.
St Gemma’s provides care to patients living with all kinds of incurable illnesses including cancer, heart disease, lung disease and neurological diseases. They are delighted and privileged to be chosen as the Lord Mayor’s charity for 2018-19.
More information can be found on the
St Gemma’s website.
Just One Day
Every year the Lord Mayor reaches out to organisations in the city to ask for their support in fundraising for the Lord Mayor’s charity. Organisations from all sectors are invited to participate in
Just One Day – One day per year that is dedicated to raising money and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s charity. By working with organisations of all sectors at all levels, Just One Day brings the city together to support the most vulnerable. Further information regarding events that have taken place this year and plans for next year will be available soon.
You can donate online to the Lord Mayor’s Charity at
Text Giving: type LMCA01, add amount of donation and send to 70070.
Or send a cheque payable to
The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal to:
The Lord Mayor’s Office
1st Floor West, Civic Hall
Leeds, LS1 1UR
If you wish to invite the Lord Mayor to an event, we normally require 2 weeks’ notice to process invitations. We recommend you check the Lord Mayor’s availability before you send an invitation by contacting the Lord Mayor’s office on 0113 378 8007.
To invite the Lord Mayor to an event, please
complete the invitation form. We aim to respond within 5 working days.
Alternatively, you can post your invitation to:
Lord Mayor’s Office
1st Floor West, Civic Hall
Leeds, LS1 1UR.
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