Having read the incoming and outgoing Mayoral articles on the home page I was wondering how the Mayor of Southwark is chosen and find this on the Southwark.gov.uk website
Southwark Constitution 2012/13
Article 4 Ė Role and function of the Mayor
4.1 Title of the person chairing council assembly meetings
The person elected to chair the meetings of the council assembly shall be referred to as the Mayor.
4.2 Role and function of the Mayor
The Mayor will be elected by the council at the annual council assembly meeting. The Mayor may then appoint a Deputy Mayor.
The Mayor will have the following roles and functions:
a) to uphold and promote the purposes of the constitution and to interpret the constitution when necessary
b) to preside over meetings of the council assembly so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community
c) to ensure that the council assembly meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which councillors who are not on the cabinet are able to hold the cabinet to account
d) to promote public involvement in the councilís activities
e) to attend such civic and ceremonial functions as the council and the Mayor determine appropriate
f) to receive any request from the leader for a council assembly meeting to be convened to reconsider a decision in respect of the budget and policy framework, in accordance with the councilís conflict resolution mechanism.