First Citizen does not endorse election candidates
IT has been brought to my attention that literature currently in circulation locally in Huntingdon, promoting a candidate in the forthcoming district council elections, includes images of the Mayor of Huntingdon. The office of town mayor locally can be tr
IT has been brought to my attention that literature currently in circulation locally in Huntingdon, promoting a candidate in the forthcoming district council elections, includes images of the Mayor of Huntingdon.
The office of town mayor locally can be traced back to 1206 and is steeped in a depth of tradition, which Huntingdon Town Council values and continues to support today. The term "Corporation", in use locally until 1974, symbolised the fact that the people of the town were considered part of the council and therefore, as first citizen, the mayor symbolised the voice of the whole town and gave it an identity.
It follows that the mayor is non-political and seeks to be impartial in local controversy. As the council's elected chairman, the successful mayor retains the respect of both members of the council and their electorate by being fair and objective at all times.
Against this background, it should be clear that neither the Mayor of Huntingdon nor the council would knowingly give support to the political campaigns of any candidate standing for election. Local people should be assured of Huntingdon Town Council's stance in the circumstances and we hope that future electoral campaigns will show due regard for the principles upheld today in the tradition of mayor.
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- 3 Opposition group to fight plans for new homes in village
- 4 Fenland man repeatedly raped woman for 20 years
- 5 Huntingdon Carnival and parade returns this summer
- 6 Honda, Seat and Toyota crash on A141
- 7 £1,350 a day (plus VAT) for new chief executive at combined authority
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- 9 Outdoor inflatable water park returns to Huntingdonshire
- 10 A1 set for night-time and weekend closures until August
Huntingdon Town Council