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The full council meeting is where all councillors come together to vote on key issues.  Full council is made up of 63 councillors and meets four or five times a year. Each year the full council appoints the leader of the council and other members of the cabinet, allocating their portfolios. The full council decides on the size and membership of the overview and scrutiny committee and other committees. The law requires the full council to agree the budget and key policies and strategies. The public may submit questions to each meeting and councillors debate options on important issues concerning the borough.

As Mayor it is my role to chair this meeting, which given that on some issues different people have very different views – together with a  great passion for their local community – means at times the meetings can get a little heated. It is important that the meeting is orderly to ensure all views are heard and that there is a balance in the debate.

Following a suggestion from former Mayor Clare Whelan I asked members to retire to the Mayors parlour after the meeting for some refreshments. I was pleased that a large number of members from all parties joined me and it was an excellent opportunity for members to catch up and discuss issues where there is common grounds. I hope that there will be support to continue this practice I will be looking at how this could be organised.

Mayor of Lambeth greets Councillor Mark Harrison election in the Prince's By-election

Mayor of Lambeth greets Councillor Mark Harrison election in the Prince's By-election

It was here that I had an opportunity to welcome Lambeth’s newest councillor, Councillor Mark Harrison, who was elected recently in a by-election in Prince’s Ward, and who spoke twice at his first full council meeting in the council chamber.

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