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Meeting to elect new mayor

There will a meeting today to elect a new Lord Mayor for Oxford after the previous mayor resigned. Councillor Alan Armitage resigned following the backlash over comments he allegedly made to a schoolgirl. He said he did not recall using the word "sexy" at a school prize-giving event.

But Oxford City Council said it was "highly probable" that he did. An investigation by a local government standards committee found had brought the council and the office of Lord Mayor into disrepute. He was censured, but the committee did not say he should resign as mayor.

However, Councillor Armitage later resigned, saying he did not have the full support of his councillors. There will be a meeting in the council chamber of Oxford Town Hall to elect a new mayor.

Mayor remarks were "inappropriate and disrespectful"

In a statement Oxford City council said: “Having considered all of the evidence and submissions the (Standards) Committee made a finding of fact that it was highly probable that Councillor Armitage did make an inappropriate comment to one of the members of the under 13s sports team.

“The Committee resolved that the remark was inappropriate and disrespectful and therefore amounted to a breach of paragraph 3(1) of the Code (treating others with respect).

“As the Lord Mayor attended the Awards Evening in his official capacity the Committee also concluded that the inappropriate remark had brought both the office of Lord Mayor and the City Council into disrepute."


Lord Mayor 'unlikely I used the word sexy' in schoolgirl row

The Lord Mayor of one of our most historic cities has been given an official "telling off" for making an inappropriate remark to a schoolgirl.

Alan Armitage was told his alleged comments brought both the Mayor's office - and Oxford City Council - into disrepute.

He says he doesn't remember using the word "sexy" at a sports prize-giving ceremony but the council says it was "highly probable" he did.

He's been telling Penny Silvester why he should still be Lord Mayor.