Election of the Sheriffs of the City of London
The City of London has an historic right to elect two Sheriffs every year on 24th June. Elsewhere in the UK the High Sheriffs of the Counties, including Greater London, are chosen by the Queen. The electorate is the Liverymen and women who meet physically in the Guildhall in the City at a meeting called Common Hall. This year there will be restrictions on how many can attend due to Covid 19.
The nominations for the election have closed and I am one of the two names ready to serve. The election on 24th June will confirm that by outcry. It might sound a bit obscure but there is quite a process through which Aldermen have to go in order to get to this stage of standing for Sheriff. First you need to be elected as an Alderman. I have been elected as an Alderman for my Ward (of Dowgate) since 2002 with elections taking place every 6 years during that period. The voters are the residents and business occupiers who register. Those voters considered me to be fit for the role of Alderman. Then the Court of Aldermen, assisted by an external panel of business leaders in the City, interview and appraise the Aldermen following which the Aldermen meeting together as a Nominations Committee consider and give their final approval. As it happens this year there are two Aldermen standing and as there are no other nominations the Livery do not have a contested election.
The electoral addresses for myself and my fellow Alderman, Nicholas Lyons, are posted on the Livery Committee website https://www.liverycommittee.org/shrieval-addresses-to-common-hall/