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Solicitor Jane Riley takes over as new Ipswich mayor at Corn Exchange

PUBLISHED: 19:19 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:19 16 May 2018

New Ipswich Mayor Jane Riley 
Picture: NICOLE DRURY/IBC

New Ipswich Mayor Jane Riley Picture: NICOLE DRURY/IBC

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Labour councillor Jane Riley has become the new Ipswich mayor at the borough’s annual meeting in the Corn Exchange.

She takes over from Sarah Barber – who earned herself an “Action Woman” reputation during her year in office and now becomes deputy mayor.

Ms Riley, a partner at law firm Kerseys, introduced her husband Adam Rae as her consort – and told the meeting that her charity would be the Suffolk Law Centre which became a charity in December last year and aims to provide legal services to anyone in the county.

Her theme for the year will be “Making a Difference”.

Ms Riley was born and educated in Ipswich, leaving only to go to university in Hull and law school in Chester. She qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and is also a founder trustee of the Ipswich Film Theatre Trust.

She and her husband have three grown-up children who now live in London, Bristol and Sheffield.

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