26 new Common Councilmen were elected to the Court of Common Council, the governing body of the City of London, on 23 March. In Tower Ward, Roger Chadwick, Marianne Fredericks, James Tumbridge and I were delighted to be re-elected to serve for the 4 years ahead.
As we weren’t contested this year we were formally reappointed at the wardmote in St Olave’s Church. Here’s the Alderman’s Beadle, Spike Abbott, formally closing proceedings carrying the Tower mace dating from the period of Charles II.
The excitement of the elections across the City was muted by the attack in Westminster on Wednesday 22 March and we remembered those who died and were injured on Friday 25 March in Guildhall Yard.
I was greatly reassured by the presence of the City Police and the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday night, their work and that of the other emergency services, shows what true public service is.
As we reconvene again I am looking forward to working with Common Councilmen old and new as we work together to ensure the City is ready for the 4 years ahead. Speaking to voters in the run up to the election Brexit, congestion and air quality are top of the list of priorities. Do please get in touch with your thoughts and questions over the next 4 years.
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!