Last night I attended the Annual Meeting of Sutton Council which was the first full meeting of the Council since the elections and therefore my first full Council meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the Council is different from subsequent meetings in that it largely deals with administrative aspects of the new Council such as the appointment of Chairs, Vice Chairs and members of Council Committees, Joint Committees etc. As the meeting followed an election there were a lot of new faces (including mine!) and a lot of past councillors had stood down.
This meeting is also where the election of a new Mayor takes place. Once a new Mayor is elected the existing Mayor stands down and the new Mayor is formally appointed. In this case Sean Brennan stood down after a second term as Mayor and was replaced by Cllr Arthur Hookway, my fellow councillor in Worcester Park ward. He was nominated by Cllr Adrian Davey and I had the honour of being asked to second the motion. When I agreed to do this I hadn’t initially realised the seconder has to make a speech in support of the nomination so it transpired that I made my first (maiden) speech at my first full Council meeting! I would not have chosen to ‘dive in at the deep end’ but it should hopefully make future meetings less daunting.
A recording of this meeting will be made available alongside those of past meetings on the Council Meetings page of the London Borough of Sutton web site.