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Council leader says ‘antiquated’ Mayoralty is ‘unacceptable’ in modern era

Nickie Aiken slammed as 'upstart' politician for 'decimating' Westminster pageantry

13 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot

A mayor-making ceremony at Westminster Council 

THE leader of the council say is it “unacceptable” for a local authority to maintain an “antiquated” mayor’s office in a time of austerity.

Nickie Aiken said she fully backed a move – first put forward by Cllr Robert Davis – to create a slimmed-down and more efficient mayor’s office.

A source contacted the Extra and questioned whether Westminster could still claim to be a “prestigious borough”. The source warned that “upstart politician” Cllr Aiken was responsible for “decimating” a department with staff “fired, retired or made redundant,” adding: “Even the Lord Mayor’s dress codes have been downgraded.

Council leader Nickie Aiken

“The leader is a temporary occupant of his or her office and to set about dismantling a historic institution on a selfish whim is totally unacceptable. Westminster had it right until this upstart interfered.”

Cllr Aiken told the Extra last night (Thursday) the decision was in fact taken by Cllr Robert Davis when he was deputy leader.

She added: “I make no apology for the Council modernising the Mayoralty. At a time when local authorities have major financial decisions to make it is unacceptable for a modern, progressive council like mine to retain an antiquated Mayoralty function. Therefore, to ensure the First Citizen of Westminster remains relevant in the 21st Century we have introduced a slimmed down and more efficient office. The author of the letter is obviously out of touch.”

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