The Ward of Cheap is one of the leading business Wards in the City of London. It has been extremely well-served, since 2007, by the past Lord Mayor Alderman Lord Mountevans who resigned on the 15th May. This means there will be an Aldermanic election on 5th July. Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself and explain why I am suitably qualified to serve you as your next Alderman.
Experience that qualifies me to serve as your next Alderman include:
I have long been interested in financial and political life, and so for me serving in elected office in the City provides a great opportunity to bring these two aspects of my life together.
I have received so much from the City of London: an education at a Livery school; a grant from the Lord Mayor’s 800th anniversary trust for a life- changing mission trip to South America; a stimulating career; and the opportunity to provide for my family.
Throughout my career, having received so much, I have sought to give back to the City and help it to grow and prosper. Following the European Union referendum, the next few years will be particularly challenging, but with wisdom borne of centuries of experience I believe the City can remain the world’s leading financial, legal and professional services centre.
The City of London faces a number of challenges; from Brexit, to the unwinding of Quantative Easing and a growing regulatory burden. Alongside this there is a growing awareness that the increased burden of debt; public, private and personal may not be sustainable, and is increasing the divisions within society. These are issues that the City needs consider creatively and respond to, and are areas that I would like to address.
The Corporation of London plays a vital role supporting and promoting London as the world’s leading financial and business centre, partnering with local communities to increase opportunities for all Londoners and enhancing the capital as a culture hub. It is headed by the Lord Mayor, who with the other elected members, comprising Aldermen and Common Councilmen make up the Court of Common Council that is the Corporation’s primary decision making assembly.
For the City to thrive in the future, it needs to be able to stand tall in the context of a changing European and world order, its reputation needs to be restored by continuing to improve the standards of conduct in financial services and by highlighting and further developing its significant charitable contribution, both financial and time, to society.