Steve Bullock (British politician)
|Sir Steve Bullock|
|Mayor of Lewisham|
2 May 2002
|Preceded by||New Office|
Redcar, North Yorkshire
Born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, Bullock began his career as a van driver for Saltburn and Marske-by-the-Sea Urban District Council in 1972. He later worked as a policy adviser under Ken Livingstone at the Greater London Council, as Chief Executive of Greenwich Community Health Council and as Head of the Labour Group Office at the Local Government Association. Having served on the independent Commission for Local Democracy, he was a founder member of the New Local Government Network.
Elected to the London Borough of Lewisham council in 1982, Bullock then went on to serve as Chair of Finance, Chair of Leisure, Deputy Leader, and Leader of the Council prior to standing down from the council in 1998. Following this, he served as Chair of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust. Bullock's partner is Kris Hibbert, a former fellow councillor.
In 2001 he was elected back to Lewisham council in a by-election before seeking the Labour nomination for the new post of elected mayor, having publicly supported the proposal (as chair of the hospital trust) in the October referendum campaign. He was subsequently elected in the first mayoral election.
He was re-elected in the May 2006 Lewisham mayoral poll and became the Labour vice-chair of the Association of London Government later that year. He is also Chair of Local Government Employers (LGE), the national pay bargaining arm of the Local Government Association and was knighted in 2007. He was re-elected as Mayor of Lewisham in the May 2010 general election.
|Mayor of Lewisham
2002 – Present