Agenda item

Election of the Mayor

To elect a Mayor for the municipal year 2023-24


The Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Sunil Chopra, welcomed everyone to the meeting. 


The Mayor announced the sad news of the death of Coral Newell, free person of the borough and former councillor.


Councillor Richard Livingstone and councillor Rachel Bentley spoke in her memory.


The meeting took one minute’s silence.


The Mayor announced that the leaders of each political group wished to make a statement.


Thereafter, Councillors Kieron Williams and Victor Chamberlain paid tribute to the outgoing Mayor.


The Mayor asked for nominations for Mayor for the ensuing municipal year 2023-24.


Councillor Kieron Williams, seconded by Councillor Evelyn Akoto, moved that Councillor Michael Situ be elected Mayor of the London Borough of Southwark for the municipal year 2023-24.


The nomination was put to the vote and it was:


RESOLVED:That Councillor Michael Situ be elected Mayor for the 2023-24 municipal year.


Councillor Michael Situ accepted the office of Mayor.  The clerk declared that Councillor Michael Situ was duly elected Mayor of Southwark for 2023-24. 


The new Mayor signed the declaration of acceptance of office and took the chair. 


The new Mayor stated that he appointed his wife, Itunu Ajeigbe, as his Mayoress.


The new Mayor appointed Councillor Naima Ali as Deputy Mayor. 


The new Mayor gave his incoming speech and announced that his chosen charities would be London Community Kitchen, Salem Academy of Music, and St Giles’ Trust.