The Lord Mayor's Show The Lord Mayor Elect
For very old reasons the City of London elects a new Lord Mayor every year. The Lord Mayor must have served as a Sheriff of the City, and since 1435 it has also been the rule that he or she must be chosen from among the Aldermen.
The election happens at Michaelmas, which is the 29th of September. The chosen candidate is known as the 'Lord Mayor Elect' until the day before the Lord Mayor's Show, when he or she is sworn into office in the Silent Ceremony. The Show then completes the election process by carrying the new Lord Mayor to Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown.
The 693rd Lord Mayor of London will be Alderman Vincent Keaveny of the Farringdon Within ward, who works as a partner in the international law firm DLA Piper. As well as being an Alderman since 2013, Vincent is a Governor of the City of London School, a past Master of the City of London Solicitors' Company, a member of several Livery Companies and in 2018-19, a Sheriff of the City of London.
The duty of the Lord Mayor, both traditionally and in the modern world, is to promote and represent the City of London. Whatever the outcome of the current political storm, Alderman Keaveny will be presenting the City and the whole country to the world as a leader in trade, financial technology, innovation in areas like cybersecurity and green finance, and in culture, which he sees as vitally important to society.
During his Mayoral year, Alderman Keaveny will also look to promote his ‘People and Purpose’ agenda, championing a purpose-led and people-focused UK financial and professional services sector. This will involve growing the global competitiveness of the UK as a world leader in ESG and sustainable finance as well as promoting the UK as home to the best and most diverse global talent, fostering social mobility at all levels.
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