The mayoral process
Candidates for the post of mayor must be a member of the council as set out in Section 3(1) of the Local Government Act 1972.
Candidates for the post of deputy mayor must also be a member of the council and in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 5(1) and 5(2), the council must appoint from amongst its members a deputy mayor.
In the London Borough of Ealing the mayor is normally chosen from amongst members of the leading political party. However, this is not always the case, indeed Mayor Potts 2004/05 was a member of the opposition party.
The election of mayor is the first item of business at the Annual Council Meeting normally held in May each year. This is known as mayor-making.
The ceremony is held in the Council Chamber, Ealing Town Hall, and members of the public are welcome to view the ceremony from the balcony of the Chamber, space permitting.
The mayor's duties and responsibilities
One of the mayor's main duties is to chair council meetings, in his/her absence the deputy mayor must preside over the council meeting. The person presiding may have a second or casting vote in the event of an equality of votes, even if he/she did not vote in the first instance.
The mayor is also responsible for undertaking all civic ceremonial duties within the borough. This includes attendance at civic services, Remembrance Day Service, granting of Freedom of the Borough, greeting members of the royal family when visiting the borough and so on.
During his/her year the mayor will also raise funds for the Mayor's Charity Fund and other specifically nominated charities. These are traditionally announced in the mayor's inaugural speech at the annual mayor-making ceremony.
The majority of the mayor's time is spent supporting local organisations and businesses by launching, attending and hosting functions.