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Councillor Gary Concepcion

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Gary Concepcion is a British Labour politician. He is a Member of Leicester City Council and is standing to be Mayor of Leicester. He has been Chairman of the Leicester City Young People’s Council and is an Honoured Citizen of Leicester, being honoured ‘for his act of Bravery’. He was awarded by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire for Bravery and won two Outstanding Achievement Awards at the National Youth Week Celebrations.


Gary Concepcion
Head Police Cadet
Assumed office
5 November 2018
Chairman of the Leicester City Young People's Council
Assumed office
26 April 2017
Councillor and Member of Leicester City Council
Assumed office
19 March 2016
Personal details
Born
Gary Concepcion

Leicester, England
NationalityBritish
Alma materSoar Valley College
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Councillor Gary Concepcion
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Native nameGary Concepcion
BornGary Nicholas Roy Concepcion
24 November 2001
Leicester General Hospital
ResidenceBelgrave, Leicester
NationalityBritish
Other namesGaz
CitizenshipBritish
EducationSoar Valley College
Alma materWyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
OccupationPolitician
OrganisationLeicester City Council
Home townLeicester
TitleCllr
Term19 March 2016 to present
Political partyLabour
Parent(s)Ruth Bishop • Gary “Gaz” Concepcion
AwardsLord Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year - Young Braveheart • 2 Outstanding Achievement Awards - National Youth Work Week
HonoursHonoured Citizen of Leicester

Concepcion is a Member of the Labour Party, having joined in September 2019 at the age of seventeen.

He has taken part in many notable campaigns and such like on the national front, receiving public and media acclaim and attention.

Concepcion was interviewed and filmed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held in London in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Concepcion was born on 24 November 2001 at Leicester General Hospital to Ruth Bishop, a school governor, hospice volunteer and former production operative and Gary “Gaz” Concepcion, an Asphalter by trade.

He grew up in the Belgrave area of Leicester, taking an active part in his community even at a young age.

He appeared on the front page of his local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury, distributed throughout Leicester and Leicestershire when he was ten years old in July 2012, for saving a man’s life. He later received praise and an Honoured Citizen of Leicester Award from the Lord Mayor of Leicester.

Education[edit]

Concepcion attended St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School followed by Soar Valley College and Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College.

He briefly attended hospital school, owing and due to his Autism and Anxiety and not being able to function to the best of his ability in mainstream school. He subsequently returned to Soar Valley College, his initial secondary school and took his GCSE’s there.

Concepcion has also partaken in Prince’s Trust courses, activities and events.

On the Council[edit]

Concepcion was first elected onto Leicester City Council on 19 March 2016, representing Belgrave, Rushey Mead and North Evington.

He was re-elected two years later, in March 2018 and then started representing Troon too.

On the Council he sits in scrutiny with other elected officials and senior council directors and service managers as well as other professionals from different agencies and organisations.

He interviews candidates for roles at the Council such as Service Managers and Independent Reviewing Officers (Senior Social Workers).

Concepcion gives keynote speeches at conferences and other such events.

Chairman of the Leicester City Young People’s Council[edit]

Concepcion was elected Chairman of the Leicester City Young People’s Council on 27 April 2017.

In this capacity he chairs Council meetings and acts as a figurehead and leader of the organisation and as a representative of the Council and of the City itself.

Due to the Leicester City Young People’s Council having the biggest mandate of any youth participation group in Leicester, the Chairman, it’s Head and Leader is generally and widely considered and known as the most powerful young person in Leicester.

Head Police Cadet[edit]

Concepcion joined the Central Leicester Police Cadet Unit in September 2018 and was promoted to Head Police Cadet less than two months later.

Notable work[edit]

Concepcion has took part in many prominent projects including Reclaim Radical, a series of films aimed at professionals who work with young people, the idea being that the films can be used to spark debate and create a ‘safe space’ in which to talk about radicalisation and other contentious issues.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Concepcion has also taken part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.[7]

Honours[edit]

Concepcion became an Honoured Citizen of Leicester in 2012. He was awarded by the Lord Mayor of Leicester.[8][9][10]

Awards[edit]

Concepcion was awarded the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Young Person of the Year Award in the ‘Young Braveheart’ category.[11]

What was read before Concepcion was presented with the award is as follows:

<poem>“Gary Concepcion from Leicester, is 15, and attends Soar Valley College.

As a child, Gary was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder as well as Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This meant that even the simplest daily activities can become quite a stressful experience.

At 13, socially isolated and unable to relate to his peers, Gary was transferred from mainstream learning into a special school where he struggled to cope. With his condition, Gary would have felt overwhelmed by all the demands placed on him: travelling to a new place, adjusting to the size of the school, and interacting with so many unfamiliar people.

By joining the Belgrave Youth Centre, Gary learnt about self-management and developed excellent social skills, even becoming a senior member of the youth club. Last year, aged 14, Gary stood for elections in the Leicester City Young People's Council and was elected to represent young people in his area. Gary ran an outstanding campaign, convincing young people that he was the suitable candidate to represent them. Now a YPC rep, Concepcion attends citywide meetings alongside other YPC reps and sits in Scrutiny with other elected officials.

Gary has become more confident, assertive and more independent; he addresses meetings, takes part in debates and has become known for always coming up with the brightest ideas.

In his local Belgrave area, Gary is considered by his peers to be their local youth champion. Last year, he championed the voices of young people in Belgrave during the last phase of the Transforming Neighbourhood Services, where he carried out a consultation with you g people about the use of council buildings in Belgrave.

This year, Gary has gone back into mainstream learning, where his academic work is now of a very high standard and he is on course to achieve his GCSEs and to go on to college next year.

In the 12 months that Gary has been a member of the YPC, those around him have witnessed his transformation into a young person who has mastered the art of interacting, speaking out, and even supporting and empowering other young people.”</poem>

Concepcion received two Outstanding Achievement Awards at the National Youth Work Week Celebrations.

Charity[edit]

Concepcion has supported charities by running a marathon and cycling 100 miles from Leicester to Skegness.

Humanitarian Work[edit]

Concepcion visited the flood hit town of Doncaster in Yorkshire, England in November 2019 to help residents and facilitate a £75,000 goods and stock sort and distribution.

Concepcion is a blood donor, having first given blood after just turning eighteen.

Other activities[edit]

Concepcion has been a DJ/Radio Presenter on Takeover Radio, the UK’s first and only child radio station.

He is a St John Ambulance Qualified First Aider.

Concepcion is a Trustee of an Organisation in Leicester.

Attacks[edit]

Concepcion has been the victim of two unprovoked attacks, on 20th September 2018 and on the 21st September 2019, coincidentally being a year and a day apart. The first attack took place on Melton Road in Leicester as Concepcion was cycling away from a petrol station after visiting for food in the early hours of the morning. The attacker repeatedly and continuously punched Concepcion in the head and face and then strangled him twice. Concepcion managed to fight back, break free and call 999 to which he was told that the police were ‘too busy’ to attend and to just ‘run home’. The attacker was never found, with popular belief believing that police didn’t investigate properly insofar as they didn’t check all available CCTV. This was publicised in the press locally and nationally. [12]

The latter attack took place in Leicester City Centre, outside Spencer’s bar during the early hours of a Saturday morning when Concepcion was cycling past when a man ran towards him and punched him to the side of the face, in the jaw, knocking Concepcion off his bike and then kicking him in the head. Concepcion proceeded to get up and abandon the area. The police followed up enquires and a man was subsequently charged with assault by beating Contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. The attacker was given a community order, required to abide by a curfew and fined. Concepcion received compensation.

Family[edit]

Concepcion’s paternal grandfather’s cousin is also a Labour Party Politician, being a Councillor on Liverpool City Council and having been Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

Concepcion’s paternal grandmother’s cousin is George Turpin, a professional boxer and Olympic Medallist.

Personal life[edit]

Concepcion is autistic.

He is an avid and skilled cyclist.

References[edit]

  1. "Young people's films aim to help prevent radicalisation". Leicester City Council. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. "Reclaim Radical". Leicester Prevent. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. "Reclaim Radical Trailer". BadshoesFilm. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. "Radical versus Radicalised". Will Baldet. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. "Reclaim Radical toolkit" (PDF). Leicester Prevent. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. "BBC East Midlands Today - Reclaim Radical". BBC. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  7. "Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018". Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting London 2018. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  8. "LITTLE ANGELS". Leicester Mercury. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  9. "'Little angels' to get an award from Lord Mayor". Leicester Mercury. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  10. "Four good Samaritan pupils to get an award from Leicester's Lord Mayor". Leicester Mercury. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  11. "Lord-Lieutenant's award for young people". Leicestershire County Council. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  12. "Autistic teenager called police for help as attacker chased him but was told they were 'too busy'". Leicestershire Live. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019.

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