Stuart Parsons elected as the new mayor of Richmond

Stuart Parsons, right, will be the new mayor of Richmond.

District and county councillor Stuart Parsons has been chosen as the new mayor of Richmond.

The long-standing community leader was selected by his fellow Richmond town councillors at a meeting on Monday.

The councillor said he was shocked but delighted to be elected.

He will take up the role in May.

It will be the fourth time Cllr Parsons has held the position of Richmond Mayor.

A new mayor is selected every year.