Election of Sheriffs
All Liverymen are invited to attend Common Hall at Guildhall, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE on Friday 24 June 2022 for the Election of the Sheriffs. Please note, attendees are to be seated by 11.45 am.
The Company hold 30 passes and these will be awarded on a first come first served basis. The passes will be dispatched to your home address 7-10 days before the event.
As usual, Liverymen without a pass can be admitted, but will be required to verify their name and company, which will be checked in the Common Hall Register. Only those who appear on the 2022 Common Hall Register are entitled to vote. All liverymen who have been liverymen since May 2021 are eligible to vote.
Please book via the members area to secure your pass to this event.
The “Livery assembled in Common Hall” elect two Sheriffs each Midsummer Day at Guildhall in the City of London. Normally, one of the Sheriffs is an alderman, who will hope to go on to become the Lord Mayor of London; and the other, sometimes referred to as the non-aldermanic sheriff, who has no further civic ambitions after completing his year at the Old Bailey.
All liverymen, but not their spouses or guests, are eligible to attend Common Hall at Guildhall on Midsummer Day (24th June). It is helpful (though not essential – an electoral register is held at the door) to the admission process if you have an entry pass, and these are available on request from the Clerk (no charge). This is always a very popular event, and you should arrive early to secure a seat. Though the proceedings don’t begin until 11.45am, 11 o’clock is not too early to be there.
Only liverymen clothed prior to May the previous year are eligible to vote, so when the election for the two sheriffs is contested, new liveryman are honour bound not to put their hands up! The reason for the “more than 12 months” rule was to prevent liveries packing their membership at the last moment to get their favoured candidate elected.
To view the formal notice of the Election at Common Hall, please click this link.
The office of the Sheriff is the oldest civic office in the City (older even than the office of the Lord Mayor itself).
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