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Joe Harris

Councillor for Cirencester St Michael's Ward

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 Website: joe-harris.co.uk

Tel: 07540 734500

Email: joe.harris@cotswold.gov.uk

Council Responsibilities: 
Leader of the Lib Dem Group

Joe was first elected in 2011 to Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council, at the time he was one of the youngest Councillors in the country at the age of 18.

In 2012 his fellow Councillors on the Town Council elected him Deputy Mayor and just a year later he had the honour of being elected Mayor of Cirencester, in doing so he became the youngest ever Mayor in the United Kingdom. Joe was the Mayor for two years between May 2013 and May 2015.

Joe also decided to stand for Gloucestershire County Council at the 2013 local elections. After running a long and high profile campaign he was elected with a big majority achieving over 55% of the vote.

Joe was born in Cheltenham and grew up in Cirencester attending Powells C of E School and Cirencester Deer Park School.

While at secondary school Joe volunteered with the Cirencester Cyber Café youth club, an organisation that took young people off the streets and gave them a safe place to hang out after school. Joe stayed involved until 2012 when sadly the facility closed down.

You might recognise Joe from the endless hours he spent working behind the bar in the Crown in West Market Place!

Joe's decision to stand for Council was a very personal one, after being the victim of a violent attack in Cirencester he was shocked to discover that CCTV monitoring hours had been cut but the District Council. The attack was in view of a camera and had someone been watching that night, the offenders might have had justice served.

Joe questioned the decision to cut monitoring hours at a meeting of Cotswold District Council and felt disappointed by the answer he received. The local Lib Dems supported his call for monitoring hours to be reinstated and approached him about standing for Council. The rest is history!

Since being elected Joe's priority has been to make sure residents are stood up for at the three Councils.  For too long local people had been taken for granted by out of touch councillors.