After a long career in retail, the former John Lewis CEO is switching to politics.
The increase in rioting ahead of municipal elections in South Africa, such as that in Pretoria, suggests that the country's general election in 2019 could be more violent than previous elections.
A closer look at the recent local elections can help to shine a light on the future of the "Northern Powerhouse" and its impact on local democracy in the North of England.
The working-class son of a bus driver has been elected to one of the most important roles in UK politics.
Local elections are taking place across 124 councils in England and will probably have a big impact on the day-to-day issues that most people care about.