May 28, 2015 by dontbringlulubook
From Wikipedia: Gavin Nigel Xavier Harding MBE (born March 18, 1974) is a British politician and academic who is mayor of Selby, North Yorkshire, England. He is the first person in the United Kingdom to become mayor while being formally diagnosed as having a learning disability.
Harding grew up in Selby, and studied at Brayton High School and Selby College . He is a Labour councillor on Selby Town Council having lived in the town for most of his life, for Selby Northward. He founded a self advocacy group Voices for People.
Harding served as deputy mayor of Selby in 2014 before being appointed mayor the following year. In 2014, he was awarded an MBE despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy from birth. He has been part of a committee looking into the progress of Winterbourne View, a private hospital condemned for its abuse of people with learning difficulties.