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- How does someone become the Mayor of the City of Lancaster ?
- How is the order of seniority determined ?
- What happens if someone declines the offer to become the Mayor ?
- Can someone become the Mayor on more than one occasion ?
- How does someone become the Deputy Mayor of the City of Lancaster ?
- Can anyone use the City Coat of Arms or Armorial Bearings ?
1. How does someone become the Mayor of the City of Lancaster?
Firstly, in order to be eligible to become The Right Worshipful, the Mayor of the City of Lancaster, you must be an elected City Councillor. The Mayor is selected on seniority alone and an invitation is sent, usually in December, to the most senior councillor, offering them the opportunity to become Mayor, from May the following year.
If the invitation is accepted, a formal proposal is put before the next Full Council Meeting for approval. The Mayor-elect is invested to the Office of Mayor, for 12 months, at the Annual Council Meeting held in May.
2. How is the order of seniority determined?
Seniority is determined by the date of a Councillor's election to the Council, (in simple terms, the longer the service as a Councillor, the more senior they are).
Councillors, who are elected on the same day, have their seniority decided by a ballot, which is drawn by the Mayor.
A person, who ceased to be a Councillor, but is then re-elected at a later date, has their seniority determined by actual time of service.
Following their Mayoral year of office, a Councillor goes to the bottom of the Order of Seniority.
3. What happens if someone declines the offer to become the Mayor?
If a Councillor declines the offer to become the Mayor, the second most senior Councillor is then offered the opportunity to become the Mayor. This process would continue, if necessary, until a Councillor accepted.
Once a Councillor declines the offer to become the Mayor, they will not be eligible to be offered the opportunity again, for five years. In certain circumstances, to be agreed by Full Council, a Councillor can request to defer the opportunity to become the Mayor for one year.
4. Can someone become the Mayor on more than one occasion?
In the past it has been possible for someone to become the Mayor on more than one occasion. However, from 2007, a Councillor won't be offered a second term of office until all other Councillors have been offered the opportunity to become the Mayor.
Following a full local election, a list of seniority will be drawn up, with all those who haven't previously been the Mayor taking precedence.
In all probability, this will severely limit the possibility of someone becoming the Mayor on more than one occasion.
5. How does someone become the Deputy Mayor of the City of Lancaster?
The Deputy Mayor is selected by the Mayor, but this must be an existing City Councillor. The Deputy Mayor is usually someone from the same political party as the Mayor.
6. Can anyone use the City Coat of Arms or Armorial Bearings?
The right to a Coat of Arms is conferred by a Grant of Arms under Royal Authority. It is a limited right and Lancaster City Council (the grantee), cannot pass on the right to use the Coat of Arms to any third party.