Wycombe Mayoralty to be decided by seniority

Mayor Cllr Trevor Snaith at the Mayor Making ceremony

Mayor Cllr Trevor Snaith at the Mayor Making ceremony

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THE Mayor of High Wycombe will be decided by seniority from next year in a bid to remove party politics from the Charter Trustees.

The longest-serving trustee standing for the mayoralty will now assume the role before returning to the back of the queue when their year is up.

The percentage of votes trustees received in the most recent local elections would then be used to split mayoral candidates tied on the same amount of years served.

The move has been taken to eradicate party politics from influencing who should be voted in as the first citizen of the town.

It will also remove other potentially controversial tie-break scenarios, including the mayoralty being decided by names being drawn out of a hat.

Cllr Khalil Ahmed will be ‘weighed in’ as Mayor in May after his name was drawn out of the hat following a tied vote with rival Cllr Brian Pearce in January.

Leader of the Wycombe Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr Simon Parker, later said he voted for Cllr Ahmed because he felt his party ‘owed one’ to the Labour group for backing current Mayor and Lib Dem Cllr Trevor Snaith's charge last year.

He also admitted that while he felt Cllr Pearce would make a good mayor of the town he simply could not support a UKIP councillor.

The Mayor and Charter Trustees – town councillors who perform ceremonial duties in addition to their ward roles – are supposed to be apolitical.

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3:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Darren Hayday says...

It's about time that there was a change to this. Over the years it’s been shocking to how this has been conducted. Shows that the Tories are loosing their grip of power in the town. What's next - a town Council and a Unitary for the County? We can only live in hope!
It's about time that there was a change to this. Over the years it’s been shocking to how this has been conducted. Shows that the Tories are loosing their grip of power in the town. What's next - a town Council and a Unitary for the County? We can only live in hope! Darren Hayday
  • Score: 9

4:43pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .
Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! . Dickitdo
  • Score: 10

5:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

How on earth can we rely on these people to make decisions on our behalf ,when they are completely baffled on how to correctly elect the Mayor unfortunately they seem extremely inept in whatever they do . Its time to get shot of these egotistical people at the earliest opportunity .
How on earth can we rely on these people to make decisions on our behalf ,when they are completely baffled on how to correctly elect the Mayor unfortunately they seem extremely inept in whatever they do . Its time to get shot of these egotistical people at the earliest opportunity . Dickitdo
  • Score: 10

11:50pm Tue 11 Mar 14

i_hate_u says...

Dickitdo wrote:
Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .
You seem to be very anti Khalil Ahmed, using all given opportunities to call him Mr Unelected Mayor! As Brian Pearce said at the last weeks Charter Meeting that Khalil was the actual qualifier for Mayor under the seniority method too. Khalil and Brian were both worthy contenders just like anybody else that could have out their name forward, but to now put down any one of them is wrong. Any way your screen name says it all about you Mr Elected Dick.
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .[/p][/quote]You seem to be very anti Khalil Ahmed, using all given opportunities to call him Mr Unelected Mayor! As Brian Pearce said at the last weeks Charter Meeting that Khalil was the actual qualifier for Mayor under the seniority method too. Khalil and Brian were both worthy contenders just like anybody else that could have out their name forward, but to now put down any one of them is wrong. Any way your screen name says it all about you Mr Elected Dick. i_hate_u
  • Score: -9

11:54pm Tue 11 Mar 14

i_hate_u says...

Dickitdo wrote:
Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .
Give it a rest elected Mr Dicki, you seem to carry on like a broken record in bid to slate the new mayor elect. Both Brian and Khalil were worthy contenders but according to Brian at last weeks charter trustees meeting, he confirmed that Khalil was the actual qualifier under this new method of seniority. So make some informed comments about articles unless your simply not capable of doing that of course.
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .[/p][/quote]Give it a rest elected Mr Dicki, you seem to carry on like a broken record in bid to slate the new mayor elect. Both Brian and Khalil were worthy contenders but according to Brian at last weeks charter trustees meeting, he confirmed that Khalil was the actual qualifier under this new method of seniority. So make some informed comments about articles unless your simply not capable of doing that of course. i_hate_u
  • Score: -10

1:43am Wed 12 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

i_hate_u wrote:
Dickitdo wrote:
Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .
Give it a rest elected Mr Dicki, you seem to carry on like a broken record in bid to slate the new mayor elect. Both Brian and Khalil were worthy contenders but according to Brian at last weeks charter trustees meeting, he confirmed that Khalil was the actual qualifier under this new method of seniority. So make some informed comments about articles unless your simply not capable of doing that of course.
I do not know any of this gaggle , that we rely upon to make decisions on our behalf , nor do I wish to , my point is that this was not a proper election I could not give fig who won the election , but a fair and honest election it should be . I now understand that they have now changed the way the Mayor is to be elected , but it still does not alter the fact that the election of Councillor Khalil or whoever had been elected by the use of the method used was not elected in a proper and just way ! . I would also like to point out to you that I have the right to make comments on here as you have . I get the impression that you are one of the inept egotistical persons that we as the population of Wycombe Have to put up with and if you do not like what I write just get over it !
[quote][p][bold]i_hate_u[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .[/p][/quote]Give it a rest elected Mr Dicki, you seem to carry on like a broken record in bid to slate the new mayor elect. Both Brian and Khalil were worthy contenders but according to Brian at last weeks charter trustees meeting, he confirmed that Khalil was the actual qualifier under this new method of seniority. So make some informed comments about articles unless your simply not capable of doing that of course.[/p][/quote]I do not know any of this gaggle , that we rely upon to make decisions on our behalf , nor do I wish to , my point is that this was not a proper election I could not give fig who won the election , but a fair and honest election it should be . I now understand that they have now changed the way the Mayor is to be elected , but it still does not alter the fact that the election of Councillor Khalil or whoever had been elected by the use of the method used was not elected in a proper and just way ! . I would also like to point out to you that I have the right to make comments on here as you have . I get the impression that you are one of the inept egotistical persons that we as the population of Wycombe Have to put up with and if you do not like what I write just get over it ! Dickitdo
  • Score: 11

10:20am Wed 12 Mar 14

i_hate_u says...

Dickitdo wrote:
i_hate_u wrote:
Dickitdo wrote:
Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .
Give it a rest elected Mr Dicki, you seem to carry on like a broken record in bid to slate the new mayor elect. Both Brian and Khalil were worthy contenders but according to Brian at last weeks charter trustees meeting, he confirmed that Khalil was the actual qualifier under this new method of seniority. So make some informed comments about articles unless your simply not capable of doing that of course.
I do not know any of this gaggle , that we rely upon to make decisions on our behalf , nor do I wish to , my point is that this was not a proper election I could not give fig who won the election , but a fair and honest election it should be . I now understand that they have now changed the way the Mayor is to be elected , but it still does not alter the fact that the election of Councillor Khalil or whoever had been elected by the use of the method used was not elected in a proper and just way ! . I would also like to point out to you that I have the right to make comments on here as you have . I get the impression that you are one of the inept egotistical persons that we as the population of Wycombe Have to put up with and if you do not like what I write just get over it !
Pot calling the kettle black is what springs to my mind here you incompetent fool. It is the likes of you that the poor people of Wycombe have to put up with. Sitting behind a keyboard and making nonsense comments about anything and everything. Why don't you do everyone a favour and dissappear!
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i_hate_u[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: Councillor Ahmed Khalil will have to be known as , Mr. Unelected Mayor Ahmed Khalil as he was not correctly elected . drawing a name out of a hat is not an election . They should be made to hold a fair and proper election before May ,so as to get a fair and just result ! .[/p][/quote]Give it a rest elected Mr Dicki, you seem to carry on like a broken record in bid to slate the new mayor elect. Both Brian and Khalil were worthy contenders but according to Brian at last weeks charter trustees meeting, he confirmed that Khalil was the actual qualifier under this new method of seniority. So make some informed comments about articles unless your simply not capable of doing that of course.[/p][/quote]I do not know any of this gaggle , that we rely upon to make decisions on our behalf , nor do I wish to , my point is that this was not a proper election I could not give fig who won the election , but a fair and honest election it should be . I now understand that they have now changed the way the Mayor is to be elected , but it still does not alter the fact that the election of Councillor Khalil or whoever had been elected by the use of the method used was not elected in a proper and just way ! . I would also like to point out to you that I have the right to make comments on here as you have . I get the impression that you are one of the inept egotistical persons that we as the population of Wycombe Have to put up with and if you do not like what I write just get over it ![/p][/quote]Pot calling the kettle black is what springs to my mind here you incompetent fool. It is the likes of you that the poor people of Wycombe have to put up with. Sitting behind a keyboard and making nonsense comments about anything and everything. Why don't you do everyone a favour and dissappear! i_hate_u
  • Score: -5

8:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

yog says...

Strange how the rules get changed when the Tories no longer have a majority in the Town, coincidence?
Strange how the rules get changed when the Tories no longer have a majority in the Town, coincidence? yog
  • Score: 1

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