City of London (Ward Elections) Act 2002

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The City of London (Ward Elections) Act 2002 was an act passed by the United Kingdom Parliament on 7 November 2002.[1] Whereas throughout the rest of the United Kingdom the business vote had been abolished, this act not only retained it but greatly increased it, so that it came to outnumber the residential vote.[2]

Historical background[edit]

The Municipal Corporations Act 1835 was part of the reform programme brought in by the Whigs and following Reform Act 1832. Whereas his had abolished most of the rotten boroughs for parliamentary purposes, the 1835 Act applied the similar reforms in terms of local government to 178 boroughs. Over the next fifty years various unreformed boroughs were affected by successive pieces of legislation. However none of these affected the City of London Corporation.[3] When the local government of London was reorganised by the London Government Act 1899, the City of London was again excluded. Likewise, the City of London was unaffected by the London Government Act 1963.[4]


  1. ^ "City of London (Ward Elections) Act 2002". The National Archives. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ Leaver, Adam. "Banking's groundhog day". Red Pepper. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ Morrison, James (2013). Essential Public Affairs for Journalists. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780199663859. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ Priddy, Sarah. "Local government reform". Retrieved 21 December 2017.