The Drapers’ Company, along with other City of London livery companies, maintains its involvement in the administrative life of the City. It continues to support the City of London Corporation and Mayoralty through the electoral system as well as by supporting the Lord Mayor’s charity and overseas scholarship scheme.
The City of London Corporation (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
) is the oldest continuously elected body in the world and its councillors or Members (known as "Common Councilmen") have been looking after the Square Mile for nearly a thousand years.
The City is divided into 25 wards and 125 members are elected to represent them. Each ward elects one Alderman and two or more Common Councilmen, depending on its population, totalling 100 Common Councilmen and 25 Aldermen. Full City-wide elections are held every four years with by-elections and aldermanic elections in between. There are two categories of voters: resident and business. The Company has the right to nominate four voters in the latter category.
The Common Council takes the major strategic decisions that direct the work of the City Corporation. Members sit on a variety of committees that manage the organisation’s different functions and represent a wide range of professions and City interests. They are elected on a non-party political basis and are unpaid.
The Lord Mayor is elected by the City’s Liverymen in Common Hall at Guildhall on Michaelmas Day (29th September) or on the closest weekday. In November, the Lord Mayor is sworn in at what is known as the Silent Ceremony.
The Sheriffs are elected on Midsummer’s Day each year by the City’s Liverymen at Guildhall. Their duties include attending the Lord Mayor in carrying out his official duties, attending the sessions at the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey and presenting petitions from the City to Parliament at the Bar at the House of Commons.
The Livery Committee Courses
provide information on how the City of London Corporation works, the range of its activities, some of the key issues facing the City and how Liverymen can get involved in City affairs. They also act as a forum for discussion and an opportunity for informal networking.
For more information on London’s Livery Companies: