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The City of London has elected Alderman Vincent Keaveny as the next Lord Mayor. Alderman Keaveny was selected to be one of the City of London Corporation's most senior figures with hugely significant duties here in the UK and around the world. Alderman Keaveny is one...

The City of London has elected Alderman Vincent Keaveny as the next Lord Mayor.

Alderman Keaveny was selected to be one of the City of London Corporation’s most senior figures with hugely significant duties here in the UK and around the world.

Alderman Keaveny is one of a long line of Lord Mayors for the City – 692 have come before him – and will replace incumbent Lord Mayor William Russell.

The mayor is chosen every Michaelmas (September 29) by the City’s liverymen.

Candidates must have previously been a Sheriff of the City of London (assistant to the Lord Mayor) and occupy a term of one year.

The City’s Lord Mayor meets government officials and business leaders at home and abroad to boost foreign investment in the UK and secure new business opportunities.

With the role comes many grand occasions, such as the Lord Mayor’s banquet – a lavish black tie event with champagne and a three course meal, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a keynote speech on Monday November 15.

Other traditions include the silent ceremony. For more than 800 years the Lord Mayor has been officially elected in an event held in almost complete silence at the medieval Guildhall building.

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In a statement released by the City of London Corporation, Alderman Keaveny said he is honoured to have been elected as the City’s 693rd Lord Mayor.

He added: “The City will play a key role in addressing some of the major issues of today: supporting the recovery, making the most of talented people across the country and tackling climate change.

“The Square Mile has constantly reinvented itself throughout history to remain a world-leading business hub.

“We must rise to this challenge once again in the face of changing economic and social trends brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, while also seizing new opportunities following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“I am confident that the City’s future is bright.

“The UK’s financial and professional services sector will continue to create jobs, drive growth and deliver investment across our country and beyond.”

Alderman Keaveny also represents the ward of Farringdon and is a partner in the international business law firm, DLA Piper.

He served as president of the City of London Law Society in 2014/15 and a governor of the City of London School.

He is also a member of the City’s Policy & Resources Committee and the homelessness and rough sleeping sub-committee.

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