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Sinn Féin's Daniel Baker to be named new Lord Mayor of Belfast

Sinn Féin's Daniel Baker

SINN Féin has selected councillor Daniel Baker to be new Lord Mayor of Belfast.

The Collin representative is to be installed today and replaces new North Belfast MP John Finucane.

Mr Baker was first co-opted in 2017 to replace David Bell, who resigned.

The 37-year-old father-of-three from Lagmore, topped the poll in Collin in the summer's local government election.

He is a former pupil of De La Salle College in west Belfast and graduated from Queens University Belfast with a degree in politics.

Mr Baker has been a Sinn Féin activist from 2005 and previously acted as the party's director of elections in the area.

Mr Finucane has already left the top Belfast civic post after becoming an MP following last week's Westminster election.

He became one of the shortest-serving mayors having only been elected to the council for the first time in May.

It was the first time in more than 100 years that a lord mayor had not served a full year.

Last night Mr Baker said he was "honoured and humbled" to be appointed to the post. On social media he said he intended to do "everyone proud."

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