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The Lord Mayor of the City of London  Alderman Michael Bear

Alderman Michael Bear, Lord Mayor of the City of London  The City of London is one of the world’s leading international finance centres. As head of the City of London Corporation, which provides business and local government services to the City, the Lord Mayor of London's principal role today is ambassador for all UK-based financial and professional services. The Lord Mayor of London is not the Mayor of (Greater) London.

Read more about the Lord Mayor's activity each month.

Promoting UK-based financial and professional services

The Lord Mayor is elected for one year and the position is unpaid and apolitical. It is an exceptionally demanding role. The Lord Mayor spends some 90 days abroad and addresses some 10,000 people face-to-face each month (making around 700 speeches a year).  Read more about the Lord Mayor's international business role, and his overseas visit programme.

The Lord Mayor listens to City businesses and advises the Government of the day on what is needed to help the financial services sector to function well. The Lord Mayor frequently travels to represent the City and is treated overseas as a Cabinet level Minister. The Lord Mayor is President of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK. The Lord Mayor lives in the Mansion House for the Mayoral year. Read more about the Lord Mayor's role in London and the Lord Mayor's initiative.
Find out how to become Lord Mayor.

Head of the City of London Corporation

The Lord Mayor supports the work of the City of London Corporation promoting the financial services industry in the UK. This is a reflection of the importance of this area of business activity for the UK economy as well as the importance the organisation attaches to its electorate - which includes City workers! The Lord Mayor also supports the City of London's other responsibilities, from providing excellent services to the local community, to maintaining parks, museums and arts spaces around London, and schools in neighbouring boroughs. The Lord Mayor presides over the City of London's governing bodies – the Court of Aldermen and the Court of Common Council.

The Lord Mayor's other roles

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To see other business photographs of the Lord Mayor visit the Picture Library.

To contact the Lord Mayor, email or write to him at Mansion House.

Lord Mayor's Show

Each year the new Lord Mayor takes part in one of the most ancient and colourful of London's traditions.

Read more about the Lord Mayor's Show

Download the Lord Mayor's Show leaflet 2010 (1mb)
Download the map of the route (230kb)

Lord Mayor's Show Community Participation Scheme

We are sorry that the Lord Mayor's Show Community Participation Scheme for 2011 has now closed to applications. If you wish to receive information about the Scheme for Lord Mayor's Show 2012, then please email

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Last modified: 11 May 2011 | Author: Maite Lubian-Grana
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