City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation, officially and legally the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London, is the municipal governing body of the City of London, the historic centre of London and the location of much of the United Kingdom's financial sector.

Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London

City of London Corporation
Arms of the Corporation of the City of London: Argent, a cross gules in the first quarter a sword in pale point upwards of the last; Supporters: Two dragons with wings elevated and addorsed argent on each wing a cross gules;
Crest: On a dragon's wing displayed sinister a cross gules;[1]
Motto: Domine Dirige Nos ("O Lord direct us")
Corporation logo: a stylised version of the arms
Type
Type
Leadership
William Russell
since 9 November 2019
John Barradell
since 16 September 2012
Policy chairman
Catherine McGuinness[2]
Chief Commoner
Brian Mooney
Structure
Seats100 Common Councilmen
25 Aldermen
Court of Common Council political groups
  •   Independent (84)
  •   Temple & Farringdon Together (10)
  •   Labour (6)
Court of Aldermen committeesPrivileges Committee, General Purposes Committee
Court of Common Council committees
List
Elections
Court of Aldermen last election
Varies – individual mandate, up to 6-year term of office
Court of Common Council last election
23 March 2017
Meeting place
Guildhall, London
Website
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

In 2006 the name was changed from Corporation of London as the corporate body needed to be distinguished from the geographical area thus avoiding confusion with the wider London local government, the Greater London Authority.[3]

Both businesses and residents of the City, or "Square Mile", are entitled to vote in City elections, and in addition to its functions as the local authority—analogous to those undertaken by the 32 boroughs that administer the rest of the Greater London region—it takes responsibility for supporting the financial services industry and representing its interests.[4] The corporation's structure includes the Lord Mayor, the Court of Aldermen, the Court of Common Council, and the Freemen and Livery of the City. The "Liberties and Customs" of the City of London are guaranteed in Magna Carta’s clause 9, which remains in statute.[5]