On Friday 26th February we were honoured and privileged to welcome the Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner, to our school. The Mayor spoke to Year 8 pupils and answered questions about her role.
The duties of The Mayor of Kirklees are as follows:-
During the Civic year the Mayor supports a wide variety of events throughout the area, from local coffee mornings to international conferences and from visits to schools through to 100th birthdays. The Mayor receives invitations to all kinds of events and every invitation is considered equally. If the Mayor cannot attend a function the Deputy Mayor may attend on his/her behalf.
Other duties which the Mayor may carry out include:Acting as host on behalf of the Council and the Citizens of Kirklees at functions organised by the Council
- Receiving members of the Royal family and important visitors to Kirklees.
- Attending important functions within Kirklees, in the UK and abroad as a representative of the Council.
- Making official openings or presentations at places through Kirklees.
- Promoting, wherever possible, the diplomatic, business, commercial, industrial and educational life of Kirklees.
The Mayor’s position also has requirements laid down by the Local Government Act 1972:
- The Mayor is elected annually by the Council from among the Councillors.
- The office is for one year, commencing at the Annual Meeting of the Council, which takes place during May. During his or her term of office the Mayor continues to be a member of the Council and presides over the meetings of Council.
- The Mayor has precedence in all places in the district, but not so as to prejudicially affect Her Majesty’s Royal prerogative.
This is not a full list of the duties carried out by the Mayor, but gives some idea of the range of events that the Mayor may attend in a year.