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David was born in Huddersfield and attended Mirfield Grammar School where he was Head Boy. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Economics from Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) in 1973.
He moved to Preston in 1975 where he joined the Lancashire Valuation Tribunal. He later worked for the Manchester Tribunal before taking charge of the Merseyside Tribunal in 1983.
Active in politics since the age of sixteen, David was first elected to Preston Borough Council in 1987 for Moorbrook ward. He served as the Committee Chair for Equal Opportunities, Highways and Finance and had two spells as Council Leader before becoming the MP for South Ribble in 1997.
After leaving Parliament in 2010, he was re-elected to Preston City Council in 2011. From 2013 to 2017 he also served on Lancashire County Council as Deputy Leader of the Council.
David is supported as Mayoress by his sister Stacey Thoburn. David is married to his long term partner John.
David has four Mayoral Charities:
The Deputy Mayor of Preston is Councillor Pauline Brown.
Section 3(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 specifically provides that the Mayor shall have precedence in the district, but not so as prejudicially to affect Her Majesty's royal prerogative.
Within the City of Preston, therefore, the Mayor must be given precedence over all except Her Majesty the Queen, members of the Royal Family (i.e. Princes, Princesses, Dukes and Duchesses of the Blood Royal, styled "His (Her) Royal Highness") and Her Majesty's representatives when acting in their official capacities and directly representing the Crown (viz. Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Lancashire, and, in certain circumstances, the High Sheriff for the County of Lancashire).
Accordingly, the place reserved for the Mayor must be on the immediate right of the Chairman or other person presiding at any occasion except when one of the persons to whom the Mayor yields precedence is present.
The Mayor is normally attended by an Officer from whom advice on matters of protocol may be sought.
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