The City of London Corporation attends all of the main political party conferences. Its an opportunity to spread information about what we do as well as ensure we are well connected with London Boroughs and the Greater London Assembly.
I attended the dinner at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool where top of the list of concerns was Brexit and the impact it could have on businesses in the City. We also highlighted our work in education, including the number of Academies we have founded.
Green spaces are another area where we work with the London Boroughs whilst managing parks and open spaces across London.
The Corporation will be attending the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week.
Do let me know if you’d like to know more about the work of the Corporation with the London Boroughs.
City Giving Day saw businesses across the City and beyond give time and money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
I did my own bit for the appeal, which this year is raising money for a diabetes charity, JDRF and Sea Cadets, earlier in the year by swimming 5km with a colleague as part of the City Dip earlier in the year. My colleague suffers from type 1 diabetes and competes in triathlons and so was delighted to help shoulder the swimming burden!
Why not see if your firm can get involved next year?
Hampstead Heath is one of my favourite places in London, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the management committee. The Committee also looks after Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park.
In order to get to know the Heath better I persuaded my work colleagues to volunteer for the morning. The Heath is run as a charity and encourages people to volunteer, either as a group or individuals. We successfully cut back a lot of foliage and were lucky to receive a tour from an expert.
I’m very struck by the expertise we have in those who work on the Heath. I’m delighted to play my part in preserving this wonderful resource for London.
The Tower Ward Newsletter has been produced by the City of London. Information on the Clothworkers’ Company, Shakespeare, registering to vote, the Aldgate development and more can be read here.
On my first weekend as a Common Councilman I thought I better visit the Samuel Pepys exhibition before it finishes. The exhibition is at the National Maritime Museum and is supported by the Corporation of the City of London.
Pepys has many links to Tower ward and the election certainly made me feel I should learn my history! Pepys was a past Master of Trinity House and the Clothworkers’ Company. He and his wife are buried in St Olave’s Church, where they are currently looking after a rather fine bust of Pepys in the graveyard at the moment.
I was particularly pleased I took a Dutch friend from Clapham to see the show with as it was the accession of William of Orange to the throne which meant that Pepys had to retire to Clapham. The first of many historical coincidences as a Councilman I’m sure.
On Wednesday evening I was elected to be a Common Councilman for the Ward of Tower joining the Deputy, Roger Chadwick, Marianne Fredericks and James Tumbridge. Many thanks to the voters of Tower – I really enjoyed meeting with you, discussing your priorities for the ward and learning a great deals of history of the ward.
It truly is a privilege to take elected office in a ceremony which dates from Saxon times, in front of the Alderman, Sir Paul Judge, assisted by the Clerk, Christine Chadwick and Mr Beadle, Paul ‘Spike’ Abbott, who I later learnt is a tweeting Beefeater by day. Thanks also to St Olave’s Church who hosted the wardmote on Tuesday and the declaration of the vote on Wednesday.
I am looking forward to taking forward the priorities of the voters of Tower in the Court of Common Council and to championing the cause of the City of London. I plan to keep you all up to date with my work through this blog. Do get in touch if you have any questions.
The Beadle with the Tower mace processing out after the wardmote on Tuesday. The wardmote is a chance for voters to hear from the candidates and ask questions. It is formally part of the election process and was adjourned for polling day.
Taking the oath and becoming a Common Councilman.
Duly elected as a Common Councilman and time for a picture with the Alderman, Sir Paul Judge at the end of a long day!
There was a by-election in Tower ward on Wednesday 16 March.
Here’s the message I put out during that campaign.