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The City of London has retained its 25 wards, all of which are represented on the Court of Common Council by an Alderman and a number of Common Councilmen.

Aldermen and Common Councilmen are elected by the electors of the ward who are registered to vote on the relevant ward list. Registration occurs annually when forms are sent to all residents and businesses in the City.

The City has a unique demography with a relatively low residential population but an estimated daily working population in excess of 300,000. This is reflected in its electorate.

Registering to vote for Ward Lists 2017/2018

The Provisional Ward Lists was published in December 2016 and the final revised Ward Lists 2017/18 will be in force until 15 February 2018.

Why does the City have a different voting system?

The City is the only area in the country in which the number of workers significantly outnumbers the residents and therefore, to be truly representative of its population, offers a vote to City organisations so they can have their say on the way the City is run.

About the Wards elections

The City of London Wardmote book (1MB) sets out the national and local legislation governing City of London Ward elections of Common Councilmen and Aldermen. The Book has been produced as a guide to the procedure to be followed at ward elections in the City of London, from the registration of voters to the qualifications of candidates in elections and the day of the election.

For Common Councilmen, elections are held every four years. Aldermanic elections are held as required, as Aldermen serve a term of six years. These are elections for Aldermen and Common Councilmen only – not for the Greater London Authority, UK or European Parliaments.

Candidates

​They are voting for candidates to represent them, or the organisation for which they work, in the Court of Common Council – the decision making body of the City of London.

The City is made up of 25 wards and each elects one Alderman and a number of Common Councilmen (the number depending on the size of the ward) to represent them.

Common Councilmen

They sit on the different committees that discuss and make decisions on the day-to-day activities and projects of the City of London. The crucial issues that arise from th​ese committees go on to be debated in the Court of Common Council. Common Councilmen cover a wide range of professions and City interests but do not represent any political party. They are elected for a four year term.

Alderman

The Alderman is the senior Member of a ward and also sits in the Court of Aldermen which has historic functions such as approving people for Freedom of the City and approving the formation of new livery companies. The Lord Mayor is drawn from the ranks of the Aldermen. There are separate arrangements for Aldermen whereby they face re-election every six years.

Uncontested elections

If the number of candidates nominated equals the number of places vacant those candidates are returned. However, irrespective of whether or not there is a contest in an individual ward, a meeting known as a 'wardmote is held. At this meeting the voters in the ward have the opportunity to meet and question the candidates and raise issues with them. All registered voters will be written to individually to inform them of the time and date of the wardmote, and poll, if required.​​

Elected Beadles

The 25 Wards of the City elect a suitable person to the ancient office of ‘Ward Beadle’ of which there are 29 (the three largest Wards have two or three Beadles).

Aldersgate
Martyn Craddock
Aldgate
Tim Wright
Bassishaw
Frederick Trowman
Billingsgate
Jonathan Chapman
Bishopsgate
Jim Shrubb and Joseph Akoto-Mensah
Bread Street
Angus Ross
Bridge
Ken Chaproniere
Broad Street
Terry Taylor
Candlewick
William Bateman
Castle Baynard
Geoff Tucker
Cheap
Bob Lovell
Coleman Street
Dr Richard Fynes
Cordwainer
Alan Warman
Cornhill
RC Collins
Cripplegate Within
Ian Wingfield
Cripplegate Without
Adele Thorpe
Dowgate
John Cash
Farringdon Within
Wilf Jones
Farringdon Without
Richard Darby
Farringdon Without
Roger Davis
Farringdon Without
Vacant
Langbourn
David Boston
Lime Street
Stephen Kipping
Portsoken
Stan Brown
Queenhithe
David Keil
Tower
Paul 'Spike' Abbott
Vintry
Ellis Pike
Walbrook
Leslie Grout

Honorary Secretary and Clerk
Tony Sharp
59 Centre Point
London SE1 5NX
020 7394 1271
4tonysharp@lineone.net

Ward news

The Members of each ward regularly keep in touch with their constituents. This can range from surgeries to ward club meetings and also includes ward newsletters. These are published twice a year to keep voters in the ward up to date with current issues facing the ward and the City.

Printed copies are sent directly to registered voters and are also available to download in PDF format.

Ward clubs

All wards in the City have a ward club. Members of the ward clubs are Liverymen, Freemen, Common Councilmen, City professionals and residents.

They offer support to the Alderman of the Ward, the Deputy and Common Councilmen in carrying out their duties on behalf of the City of London and, in particular, the ward itself. Most clubs hold annual banquets, meetings and dinners for members, as well as charitable contributions. More details are available from each club, including information on membership.

Aldersgate Ward Club
Aldgate Ward Club
Bishopsgate Ward Club
Bridge Ward Club
Broad Street Ward Club
Castle Baynard Ward Club
Coleman Street Ward Club
Cripplegate Ward Club
Vintry and Dowgate Wards Club


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