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The Lord Mayor of Westminster

Councillor Hamza Taouzzale takes on the ceremonial role of The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster.

Published: 15 December 2020

Last updated: 3 August 2022

Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Hamza Taouzzale

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The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Hamza Taouzzale wearing the traditional blue and gold robes, black feathered cap, and gold ceremonial chain

Councillor Hamza Taouzzale was elected to Westminster City Council in 2018, representing Queen’s Park Ward. He is the youngest ever councillor to be elected to the City.

Hamza’s introduction to the council was a few years before and came in October 2015 as a member of the Westminster Youth Council. Four months later he was elected as the member of the Youth Parliament for Westminster, during which time he was instrumental in ensuring that Westminster joined the British Youth Council, thus allowing our Youth MPs to visit and speak in Parliament.

As a councillor, Hamza was quickly promoted to being the Shadow Cabinet Member for Communities and has sat on several scrutiny committees including his most recent: Communities, Regeneration and Housing Policy and Scrutiny Committee.

Outside of his council life, Cllr Taouzzale is a trustee of a handful of local Westminster charities and sits on the John Lyons Grants committee.

Cllr Taouzzale has always lived in Westminster, and he attended local schools. He is also a recent graduate of both Goldsmiths College and Kings College London where he studied Politics and then Global Affairs.

For the forthcoming year, Cllr Taouzzale aims to support as many local youth organisations as possible and will use the help and knowledge of the Young Westminster Foundation to do so. Cllr Taouzzale is especially keen on sports and arts. In his free time Cllr Taouzzale is an avid Chelsea FC supporter.

The role of Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Westminster is the ceremonial, non-partisan and non-executive First Citizen of Westminster. They are elected annually from among the councillors and chairs all Full Council meetings. In addition, the Lord Mayor traditionally undertakes the following duties:

  1. celebrating the achievements of Westminster’s citizens and communities
  2. supporting the City’s diverse communities
  3. promoting Westminster locally, nationally and internationally
  4. representing Westminster at important civic and ceremonial events

Contacting the Lord Mayor’s Office

You can contact the Lord Mayor's Office in any of the following ways: 

  • Telephone: 020 7641 2021 
  • Email: [email protected]   
  • Write to us at: The Lord Mayor’s Office, Westminster City Council, 19th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP 

The Lord Mayor on Twitter

You can follow the Lord Mayor on Twitter at @LM_Westminster.