- Shrewsbury and Atcham
Shrewsbury and Atcham (UK Parliament constituency)"
The borough is also a
United Kingdom Parliamentconstituency, returning an MP. The boundaries of the borough and the constituency are the same, which is convenient. Paul Marsdenwas voted in as a Labour candidate in the 2001 general election and stood down before the 2005 general election, when the Conservative Daniel Kawczynskiwon the seat.
There has been a continuous succession of Mayors of Shrewsbury since at least
1638. In 1974, after the local government re-organisation, the style changed to "Mayor of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough". The current Mayor is Cllr Anne Chebsey, who will be the last Mayor of Shrewsbury and Atcham.
It is customary today that a Mayor is in office for only one year and that the Deputy Mayor becomes Mayor. The position of Mayor is non-political and councillors are elected to be Deputy Mayor (and then usually a year later, Mayor) on basis of seniority. For example, in 2004-2005, both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were Liberal Democrats, but control of the council was Conservative. A Mayor may come from outside the town of Shrewsbury - the only rule is that he or she is a Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough councillor.
Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor wear their traditional "chains of office" at ceremonial occasions, which many mayors and chairmen of towns, boroughs and counties in England have. The Mayor is given the prefix title of "The Right Worshipful".
* [http://www.shrewsbury.gov.uk/public/council/mayor/mayorslist.htm List of all Mayors of Shrewsbury and Mayors of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough]
* [http://www.shrewsbury.gov.uk/public/council/councillors/default.htm List of borough councillors]
* [http://www.shrewsbury.gov.uk/public/parish/default.htm Parishes of Shrewsbury and Atcham]
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