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A senior member of a local authority, elected by its directly elected members. Active aldermanic rank now exists only in the City of London, having been phased out elsewhere by the Local Government Act 1972. County, district, and London borough councils can, however, appoint past members to honorary rank in recognition of eminent service. The term was originally synonymous with “elder” and is of Anglo-Saxon derivation.

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