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RESOLVED that Honorary Freedoms of the Borough be granted to Sir Steve
Bullock DL and Kris Hibbert.
The proposal to award two new Honorary Freedoms, to Sir Steve Bullock DL
and Kris Hibbert was proposed by the Mayor who recounted their significant
contributions to public life in the borough and urged the Council to support
The Mayor indicated there would be a joint ceremony for the two recipients
in November 2019, at which time there would be the opportunity for members
to offer individual tributes.
The recommendations were seconded by the Deputy Mayor, who
acknowledged the contributions of both recipients
The Chair then put the recommendations to the vote and these were
confirmed to be carried unanimously by 34 votes to nil.
1) Pursuant to Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972, Sir Steve Bullock DL be awarded the freedom of the London Borough of Lewisham.
It is recommended that Sir Steve Bullock DL be awarded the freedom of the
London Borough of Lewisham in recognition of his service to the Borough and
its citizens over many years.
Sir Steve was the first directly elected Mayor of Lewisham, serving for 16
years from 2002-2018. Prior to that he was elected as a councillor from 1982,
where he served as Chair of Finance, Chair of Leisure and Deputy Leader of
the Council, before serving as Leader of the Council from 1988-93.
Whilst he was Mayor, Sir Steve created the Young Mayor’s Programme,
which has been emulated throughout England and across Europe; led the
council’s response to save Lewisham A&E; and he ensured that every single
secondary school in Lewisham was rebuilt. He has brought changes to
Lewisham that will endure for many decades to come and his service to the
borough perfectly illustrates the Council's motto Salus Populi Suprema Lex;
the welfare of the people above everything else .
Sir Steve was knighted in 2007 for services to local government and was
commissioned to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2018. Sir
Steve’s unique contribution to the borough and to local government in general
over the past decades mean that he is an appropriate recipient of the highest
award the borough can make.
(2) Pursuant to Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972, Kris Hibbert
be awarded the freedom of the London Borough of Lewisham in recognition of
her service to the Borough and its citizens over many years.
Kris served as a councillor for eight years, from 1982-90. She was a pioneer,
helping set up the first local government committee on women’s issues
anywhere in Britain, the Women’s Committee, which she served on from
1983-89. She also served on many of the Council’s other major committees
including Police; Leisure; and Employment and Industry, which she chaired
Kris also led the fundraising work for the Lavender Trust charity. Her drive,
determination and energy has led to Lewisham raising £225,000 to support
younger women with breast cancer.
Kris has also made an outstanding contribution to improving the life chances
of many of Lewisham’s young people. She has ... view the full minutes text for item 20.