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OUTGOING CORPORATION BOSS WANTS TO BE LONDON MAYOR

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The London Evening Standard profiles Michael Cassidy, the outgoing chairman of the City of London's policy and reso...
The London Evening Standard profiles Michael Cassidy, the outgoing chairman of the City of London's policy and resources committee, and his successor, Judith Mayhew (p12).

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.

'Whatever the title, be it commissioner or mayor, it would be very exciting to take on a leadership position for London. But I'm not interested in a token post'.

Judith Mayhew, a New Zealander, has risen through the ranks of the court of common council.

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