When Cassidy took on the role five years ago, he 'proceeded to turn the job, and himself, into the most public face of the Corporation', the paper says, regularly talking on the record without waiting for the approval of fellow council members.
Ironically, the court of common council, the city's governing body, tonight votes on a proposal that will clip the wings of future chairmen, creating a 30-strong chairmen's group which will have to be sounded out before anyone can deliver soundbites to the press.
Cassidy has now set his sights on becoming an elected mayor of London. 'London needs a strong voice. Ministers treat us as easy meat at the moment because we are so fragmented and it is easy to play off one authority against the other', he says.
Judith Mayhew, a New Zealander, has risen through the ranks of the court of common council.