'Sexy' remark mayor's stand-in named in Oxford

The Lord Mayor of Oxford Alan Armitage
Image caption Councillor Armitage resigned as Lord Mayor after a breach of the city council's code of conduct

A new Lord Mayor of Oxford has been selected following the resignation of a councillor for allegedly saying "sexy" to a 13-year-old girl.

Mohammed Abbasi will hold the post temporarily until Dee Sinclair becomes permanent successor in May.

Councillor Alan Armitage was censured for reportedly making the remarks to the girl at a school sports day.

He was found to have breached Oxford City Council's code of conduct, but said he was misheard by witnesses.

Mr Armitage called the ruling "unfair", and pledged to continue to serve as a councillor.

The city council's standards committee found the Liberal Democrat had breached two paragraphs in the code of conduct, relating to treating others with respect and bringing authority into disrepute.

Councillor Abbasi, a Labour member for Cowley Marsh ward, was selected at a specially arranged full council meeting on Wednesday.

Councillor Elise Benjamin was selected as deputy mayor, while Dee Sinclair will continue to serve as Sheriff for the remainder of the council year.

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