Yvonne Mosquito

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Yvonne Mosquito
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109th Lord Mayor of Birmingham
In office
May 2018 – May 2019
Preceded byAnne Underwood
Succeeded byMohammed Azim
West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
In office
2012–2016
Member of the Birmingham City Council
Assumed office
2 May 1996
Personal details
Political partyLabour

Yvonne Mosquito is a British politician who served as the 109th Lord Mayor of Birmingham between 2018 and 2019 for the Labour Party. She has served as a member of Birmingham City Council from 1996, currently for the ward of Bordesley and Highgate and until 2018 for the ward of Nechells. Mosquito also served as West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner between 2012 and 2016, until a suspension in March 2016 after visiting the family of a murder victim.

Early life and career[edit]

Mosquito was born in Balsall Heath and worked at a Saturday school in Handsworth. She then worked for a double glazing company and in the early 1990s worked with young people to help them further their opportunities. In 1996 she was elected to Birmingham City Council as a Labour Party councillor. She is also an ordained minister.[1]

West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner[edit]

Having been a Labour Councillor since 1996, in 2012 Mosquito was made the first West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner when the position was established. She served under fellow Labour Councillor Bob Jones, who said following his recommendation that "she brings a wealth of experience as a councillor, police authority member and community campaigner".[2] Following Jones' death in 2014, Mosquito became acting Commissioner, and in June 2014, when David Jamieson was elected as the new Commissioner, Jamieson announced that Mosquito would keep her job as deputy Commissioner.[3][4]

In March 2016 Mosquito was immediately suspended from her role after visiting the family of 18-year-old murder victim Kenichi Phillips, thereby breaching protocol.[5] She confirmed she had been suspended by writing: "I can confirm that David Jamieson, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has suspended me. I strenuously deny all of the allegations."[6] However, it was revealed at the end of March that four weeks prior to her suspension, Mosquito had issued a (non formal) complaint about Jamieson's behaviour towards her. The union representing her, Unite, issued a statement at the time saying they were "appalled that information that should be private and confidential as part of the disciplinary process has been put into the public domain".[7] In April, Maxie Hayes, human rights activist, criticised Mosquito's suspension as "heavy-handed" and claimed she visited the family as "an ordained minister giving condolences to a grieving family" rather than in her official capacity.[8] In May, a disciplinary hearing claimed Mosquito committed "serious misconduct" and asked that she apologise to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Police, and Phillips's family. Mosquito officially left her post in May.[9][10] In December, Mosquito arranged for Jamieson to be taken to an employment tribunal which was scheduled for May the following year; however, the tribunal did not take place after Mosquito allegedly received a payout.[11][12]

Lord Mayor of Birmingham[edit]

In May 2018, Mosquito was made Lord Mayor of Birmingham after Lynda Clinton, Labour's original Lord Mayor Elect, lost her seat in Castle Vale ward by 91 votes on 4 May. The formal mover of the motion was Sybil Spence, the first black woman to serve as Lord Mayor. Mosquito herself became the second black woman and ninth woman overall to serve in the role of Lord Mayor. Conservative Anne Underwood (who served as Lord Mayor 2017-2018) labelled her as a 'champion of the underdog'.[13] On 14 May 2019, near the end of her time as Lord Mayor, Mosquito officially opened comedian Joe Lycett's kitchen extension.[14][15] After Mosquito initially declined to attend as it was not a public event, Lycett raffled four tickets to raise money for charity and allow four members of the public to attend. As it was now a public event, Mosquito agreed to open the kitchen extension. Celebrities such as comedian Katherine Ryan and Sky Sports presenter Lloyd Griffith were also in attendance, and a plaque was placed outside the kitchen extension naming it The Mosquito Wing.[14][15] In July 2019, Lycett revealed that the raffle made over £3,000 for charity as he presented the money to Mosquito and her successor as Lord Mayor the Liberal Democrat's Mohammed Azim. After Lycett presented the money Mosquito said he "captures the spirit of Birmingham."[16]

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner[edit]

In June 2019, Mosquito announced her intention to run as the Labour candidate in the 2020 election for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. There are four candidates on the Labour shortlist: herself, former North Warwickshire MP Mike O'Brien, a specialist housing and anti-social behaviour lawyer Simon Foster, and a former assistant chief executive at Sandwell Council Melanie Dudley.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Carl (24 May 2018). "Who is Birmingham's new Lord Mayor?". birminghammail. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Bob Jones Names Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner". www.webarchive.org.uk. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
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  4. ^ McCarthy, Nick (14 July 2014). "Yvonne Mosquito is new acting Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands". birminghammail. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Deputy PCC suspended in misconduct probe". 25 March 2016. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  6. ^ "West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito suspended over 'potential gross misconduct'". ITV News. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  7. ^ Homer, Alex (31 March 2016). "Suspended deputy complained about boss". Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  8. ^ Homer, Alex (5 April 2016). "Mosquito suspension 'heavy-handed'". Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  9. ^ Homer, Alex (11 May 2016). "Deputy 'committed serious misconduct'". Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Deputy police and crime commissioner caused 'upset and distress' to murder victim's family". ITV News. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  11. ^ "PCC and deputy's row over 'after payout'". 25 January 2017. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  12. ^ Homer, Alex (1 December 2016). "Police commissioner taken to tribunal". Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  13. ^ Elkes, Neil (23 May 2018). "Meet the new Lord Mayor of Birmingham". birminghammail. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  14. ^ a b "The lord mayor, a comedian and a kitchen". BBC News. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  15. ^ a b Chamberlain, Zoe (3 May 2019). "Joe Lycett getting the mayor to open his kitchen extension". birminghammail. Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Comedian's kitchen extension opening raises £3,000". 29 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  17. ^ Haynes, Jane (20 June 2019). "Ex Brum mayor Yvonne Mosquito wants to be next police supremo for West Mids". birminghammail. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.