Having graduated from the University of York, in 2003 Keith Aspden became the youngest local councillor in the country. He has a particular interest in education and skills, having qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2004. He became Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in 2013, Deputy Leader of the Council in 2015 and Leader of City of York Council in 2019.
Since becoming Council Leader, Cllr Aspden has supported the creation of York’s ambitious Housing Delivery programme; the largest Council-led house building programme in the city since the 1970s, developing 600 new affordable homes and new zero-carbon homes on Council-owned sites. During his time as Leader and Deputy Leader, Cllr Aspden has also overseen £12 million of investment in temporary accommodation in the city, with the recently developed facility at James Street, providing 57 new self-contained flats and training facilities for homeless people in York.
Nationally, Keith serves as a Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) Fire Services Management Committee and Fire Commission, with a particular interest in building safety and the fire safety bill.