Philip Braat elected as Glasgow’s new Lord Provost
Councillor Philip Braat has been elected as Glasgow City Council’s new Lord Provost by 45 votes to 39, in a meeting of full council on Thursday.
The Scottish Labour Party representative replaces former Lord Provost Eva Bolander, of the SNP, who resigned in October last year after criticism of her expenses claims. Bolander vowed to pay back £2,000 of the £8,000 she had claimed.
Braat, who represents ward 10 Anderston/City/Yorkhill, has served as Depute Lord Provost since 2017.
He said he was “immensely proud” to be trusted with the role.
“I will work every day to repay that trust and to advocate for Glasgow's dynamic, diverse and passionate communities,” Braat said.
A law graduate from the University of Glasgow, Braat has held several senior positions since being elected to the council in 2007, including City Treasurer, Convener of Strathclyde Pension Fund and Convener of the former Strathclyde Police Authority. He is also an Honorary Officer in the Royal Navy Reserves.