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Harrow’s Harold Trevor Mote – A look at our borough’s first mayor

It’s thought that the UK’s first ever Mayor, appointed in 1189, was Henry FitzAilwin who presided over the City of London for 20 years until his death. In comparison, Harrow was a little late on parade as no Mayor was elected until 1965 and, in this article, we’re taking a look at Harold Trevor Mote.

The role of Mayor is an extremely responsible one as it involves presiding over council meetings to ensure that topics are relevant to the community and that all members have a fair say in important decisions. In the UK, 14 council areas are presided over by a Mayor who, as well as council duties, will usually play a high profile role within the community and will attend local events and festivities.

Harold Trevor Mote Born in 1919, Harold Trevor Mote attended the prestigious Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. His interest in politics led Harold to be elected as a Conservative councillor to Harrow Council in 1953 where he represented the Pinner North ward. The very next year, the borough went through some boundary changes and Harold was subsequently made councillor for the new Pinner North and Hatch End ward.

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Harold Trevor Mote

Extremely popular with constituents, Harold would retain his seat until 1964 when the borough was abolished – meaning that the Municipal Borough of Harrow was replaced by the London Borough of Harrow and therefore became part of Greater London.

A loyal servant In 1965, it was decided that Harrow would elect a Mayor and Harold became the obvious choice. He would hold this office until 1966 when he was elected as a member of the Greater London Council to represent Harrow in a by-election. He would hold this seat until 1973 when, once again, the electoral divisions of Greater London were altered to bring them in line with parliamentary constituencies.

Harold was succeeded as Mayor of Harrow by Edward George Buckle. In 1973, Mote was made GLC (Greater London Council) member for Harrow East and held the position until the GLC was disbanded in 1986.

In 1984, Harold made a bid to return to Harrow Council to represent the Pinner Ward however he was defeated in a by-election by an independent ratepayer candidate.

Harrow’s Harold Trevor Mote - A look at our borough’s first mayor Harrow Online
Harold Trevor Mote with Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harold served as Chairman of the GLC from 1978 to 1979 and held the position of Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Harrow. Additionally, he is the father-in-law of Cllr Janet Mote, who served as the Mayor of Harrow during the years 2022-2023.

Harold Trevor Mote remained fiercely loyal to Harrow which would be his home until his death in 1995 at the age of 76.

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