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Ceremony of the fish at Billingsgate

This morning I escorted the Lord Mayor and our two Sheriffs around Billingsgate fish market at their annual fish ceremony.  An annual event since the market moved to Tower Hamlets where we present a fish as our ground rent that is then used for a charitable purpose.  This year the fish was accept

Common Council votes to raise the rainbow flag...

Today was our last full Common Council meeting before the summer recess. I was delighted to be a named supporter of Edward Lords's motion to fly the rainbow flag, and show how supportive today's city is to tolerance and inclusivity for those in the LGBT communities.

City Parliamentary Reception

Tonight I was delighted to attend the City of London Parliamentary Reception, kindly hosted by the Rt. Hon. Mark Field MP. It was an opportunity to talk to MPs and peers from all parties about the challenges and opportunities facing the City.

Honouring our past Licensing Chairman, and my ward colleague...

On yet another warm evening in London the City Corporation Licensing Committee gathered in the fabulous Wilton's Music Hall to thank our staff and the past Chairman of our committee Marianne Fredericks.  A doubly nice pleasure for me to join in thanking my fellow ward colleague who I have served

The King and Queen of Spain visit London

This is the first state visit to the UK by King Felipe and Queen Letizia. The last state visit from Spain was by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia in 1986.

Visiting New Spitalfields market

New Spitalfields Market is located in a 31-acre (13 ha) site in Leyton, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest in east London and it opened in 1991. It is Europe's leading horticultural market specialising in exotic fruit and vegetables, and one of the City of London's whole sale markets.

Cart Marking Day

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London busses; today saw a wonderful parade of vehicles as they are marked with a red hot iron.

Supporting Apprentices - in their own words...

Apprenticeships are an essential part of our future educational and employment opportunities for young people, and I'm delighted with the support the City Corporation give to them.  So I share here the experience of one of our apprentices as his words say it better than I can -

PICTFOR Reception - future of technology summer reception

Today I attended the summer reception of PICTFOR - the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum - where we met with the Chief Executive of OFCOM and a wide range of businesses.  The session was looking ahead at the infrastructure needs of the UK in the information age, and of c