Lord Mayor's Parlour
Mayors and Lord Mayors
Birmingham has had a Mayor (and elected council) since 1838. One of the most famous was Joseph Chamberlain (1873-76) who brought water from the Elan Valley and redeveloped the town centre. In 1889, along with city status, Birmingham had its first Lord Mayor.
Each Lord Mayor stands for a year, and is installed into office at the Annual Meeting of the City Council. Lord Mayors are non-political and non-executive during their term of office and act as Chair of the Council. As the First Citizen of Birmingham, the Lord Mayor represents not only the City but also the people of Birmingham.
The honour of being Lord Mayor is now usually alternated between the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Groups. In normal circumstances the Lord Mayor becomes Deputy Lord Mayor for the following year.
Along the corridor outside the Lord Mayor's Parlour there is a photograph of every Lord Mayor of Birmingham. the wall mounted boards in the Names Room adjacent to the Chamber show the names of all those who have held the office of Mayor or Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The Parlour staff support the Lord Mayor by managing the Civic Diary and assisting the First Citizen to reach all sectors of the community. The Parlour also co-ordinates major annual events such as Remembrance Day, Trafalgar Day and Civic Receptions to regional, national and international visitors. Support is also given to organising many charity fund raising events.
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