Ian David Luder CBE JP (born 1951) was the 681st Lord Mayor of London, serving from 2008 to 2009.

Ian Luder

681st Lord Mayor of London
In office
7 November 2008 – 13 November 2009
Metropolitan MayorBoris Johnson
Preceded bySir David Lewis
Succeeded byNick Anstee
Personal details
Political partyUKIP (Before 2011)
Other political
Labour (Until 2011)
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationTax accountant


Born into a Jewish family as the son of a mathematics teacher,[1] Luder attended The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree before reading Economics and Economic History at University College London (BA). He then worked as a tax accountant for Arthur Andersen and later Grant Thornton.[2] He regularly comments on tax matters and helped to found the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers,[3] and is a liveryman of the Coopers' Company. He entered local government as a Labour councillor on Bedford Borough Council, serving for 23 years.[4] Luder also stood for Parliament as the Labour candidate for Yeovil in 1979.

Luder was Aldermanic Sheriff of London for 2007–08 and was elected Lord Mayor on 29 September 2008, taking office in the "Silent Ceremony" on 7 November.[3] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[5]

In 2008, Luder and his wife were involved in a dispute with their neighbours over the neighbours’ cat, with the UK newspaper The Daily Mail writing: "“Not since Dick Whittington has a cat caused such a stir for a Lord Mayor."[6] Apparently the Luders had refused their neighbors' request to stop feeding the animal, who was overweight and had a heart condition, and in fact had shut the cat in their home for 36 hours while they were away.[7]

On 28 March 2012, Luder was announced as the new chairman of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He took up the post on 1 July that year. Shortly after his selection in January 2015 as a UKIP candidate for the 2015 general election, Luder stood down as Trust chairman.[8]


In December 2014, Luder was one of five people on the shortlist to become United Kingdom Independence Party candidate for the constituency of South Basildon and East Thurrock at the 2015 general election. At the initial selection meeting he was not chosen as the candidate.[9] Shortly afterwards, the successful candidate, Kerry Smith, resigned as UKIP's nominee for the seat after he was recorded making offensive remarks about fellow party members in a telephone conversation. A new selection was held in January 2015, which Luder won.[10] Luder contested the general election and came second, polling 12,097 votes (26.5% of the total), 7,692 votes behind the incumbent Conservative candidate, Stephen Metcalfe. Smith polled 401 votes and finished in fifth place.[11]


  1. ^ William D. Rubinstein, Michael Jolles, Hilary L. Rubinstein, The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, Palgrave Macmillan (2011), p. 624
  2. ^ Waller, Martin (8 November 2008), "London welcomes new mayor Ian Luder to office", The Times, retrieved 10 November 2008
  3. ^ a b New Lord Mayor elected for City of London, City of London, 29 September 2008, retrieved 10 November 2008
  4. ^ cityoflondon.gov - Member details, retrieved 10 November 2008
  5. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Police called in after London's Lord Mayor falls out with his neighbours over a dead cat". The Daily Mail. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  7. ^ "The Lord Mayor, his third wife and a furious row over Fat Cat". Evening Standard. 13 October 2008.
  8. ^ Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Press release, 14 January 2015
  9. ^ "UKIP'S Neil Hamilton withdrew from standing for South Basildon and East Thurrock MP...and deselected Kerry Smith was reselected instead!", Echo, 11 December 2014
  10. ^ "Ian Luder new UKIP candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock". BBC News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Basildon South & Thurrock East". BBC News. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir David Lewis

Lord Mayor of London

Succeeded by
Nick Anstee