2021 London Assembly election
The next election to the London Assembly is due to be held on 6 May 2021, alongside the 2021 London mayoral election. The mayoral and Assembly elections were originally to be held on 7 May 2020, but on 13 March 2020 it was announced the election would be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the sixth election since the assembly was established in 2000. Due to the previous term being extended to 5 years, those elected will serve only a three-year term until the next election in 2024.
All 25 seats in the London Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
London Assembly constituencies
Five parties had AMs in the fifth Assembly: London Labour led by Len Duvall; London Conservatives led by Gareth Bacon and latterly Susan Hall; London Greens led by Caroline Russell; UKIP London represented by David Kurten (as part of the Brexit Alliance group led by its former leader Peter Whittle); and the London Liberal Democrats led by Caroline Pidgeon.
In the 2016 local elections, the Labour Party won the post of London Mayor, as well as 12 seats in the London Assembly elections. The party polled over 1 million votes, which represented the best-ever result for any political party in a London Assembly election. The Conservative Party were the runners-up, winning 8 seats, followed by the Green Party (2 seats), the UK Independence Party (2 seats) and the Liberal Democrats (1 seat). The Women's Equality Party, meanwhile, achieved 3.5% of the regional list vote, failing to reach the 5% minimum threshold required for representation.
The following year, in the snap election on 8 June 2017, Labour polled 55% of the popular vote in London, winning 49 of 73 London seats in the British House of Commons. In the 2018 borough elections across the capital, Labour saw their best result in over 45 years, winning 47% of the vote. Both the Liberal Democrats and the Green party also gained seats across London.
UKIP Assembly Member Peter Whittle left the party in December 2018. He and the remaining UKIP Assembly Member David Kurten formed their own Brexit Alliance group on the Assembly. Kurten subsequently also left UKIP.
In 2019, London was involved in two nationwide elections.
In the May 2019 European Parliament elections, the Liberal Democrats came first in London; winning the most votes in the London region with 27% and gaining three MEPs, their best result in the party's history. The Labour Party came second, with 24% of the vote, losing two seats. The Brexit Party gained two MEPs and Greens won 12.5% of the vote, holding their one seat. The Conservative Party failed to get a single MEP elected in London for the first time in the history of the party.
In the general election at the end of 2019, there was no net change in the number of seats for each party, although four constituencies in London changed hands. Across London, Labour comfortably won the most seats. Two members of the London Assembly were elected to Parliament: the Conservative group leader Gareth Bacon and Labour member Florence Eshalomi. Susan Hall replaced Bacon as Conservative group leader, and both Bacon and Eshalomi announced that they would not seek re-election at the 2020 London Assembly election.
The members of the Assembly are elected through a combination of both first past the post as well as closed list proportional representation; this system is commonly referred as the additional member system. 14 members are elected in single member constituencies with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes becoming the Assembly Member for that constituency. An additional 11 members are also elected from the whole of London — with parties creating lists of up to 25 candidates — for a party to be included it needs to attain at least 5% of the vote across London. This process divides the remaining seats proportionally to the vote share of the parties with the use of the modified D'Hondt method allocating the seats. This system ensures proportionality with the 11 additional members being allocated in a corrective manner.
The Conservatives intend to stand candidates; however, their constituency candidate for the North East, Ben Seifret, stood down and joined the Lib Dems.
The London Labour Party changed its selection process for assembly members so that party members select new candidates. The party started an investigation into a dispute over a "trigger ballot" organised by Momentum members to deselect Florence Eshalomi, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.
Nominations for the Green Party's list candidates closed in January 2019. Their final list was headed by their two current Assembly Members, Sian Berry (also the mayoral candidate) and Caroline Russell. The other three individuals who sought the mayoral nomination are also all Assembly candidates: Shahrar Ali (list candidate in 2016), Peter Underwood and former Liberal Democrat Zack Polanski. Other candidates include Benali Hamdache (list candidate in 2016; sought to be the Green mayoral candidate in 2016, losing to Berry).
The Liberal Democrats announced a shortlist of 15 people to be list candidates. These were voted on by the party membership, with the results announced in late November 2018. The candidate list was reshuffled in May 2019 following the withdrawal of Lucy Salek, originally placed third on the list.
|Constituency||Labour||Conservative||Green||Lib Dems||Others|
|Barnet & Camden||Anne Clarke[a]||Roberto Weeden-Sanz||Kirsten de Keyser||Marisha Ray|
|Bexley & Bromley||Stefano Borella||Peter Fortune[a]||Kate Matos||Alan Tweddle|
|Brent & Harrow||Krupesh Hirani[a]||Molly Samuel-Leport||Shaka Lish||Anton Georgiou|
|City & East||Unmesh Desai (incumbent)||Nick Vandyke||Tim Kiely||Richard Flowers|
|Croydon & Sutton||Patsy Cummings||Neil Garratt[a]||Peter Underwood||Claire Bonham|
|Ealing & Hillingdon||Onkar Sahota (incumbent)||Gregory Stafford||Marijn van de Geer||Hussein Khan|
|Enfield & Haringey||Joanne McCartney (incumbent)||Lee David-Sanders||Jarelle Francis||Dawn Barnes|
|Greenwich & Lewisham||Len Duvall (incumbent)||Charlie Davis||Rosamund Kissi-Debrah||Ade Fatukasi|
|Havering & Redbridge||Judith Garfield||Keith Prince (incumbent)||Melanie Collins||Thomas Clarke|
|Lambeth & Southwark||Marina Ahmad[a]||Hannah Ginnett||Claire Sheppard||Florence Mele|
|Merton & Wandsworth||Leonie Cooper (incumbent)||Louise Calland||Pippa Maslin||Sue Wixley|
|North East||Sem Moema[a]||Emma Best||Caroline Russell||Kate Pothalingam|
|South West||Candice Atterton||Nicholas Rogers[a]||Andrée Frieze||Gareth Roberts|
|West Central||Rita Begum||Tony Devenish (incumbent)||Zack Polanski||Jessie Venegas|
- Though this constituency was won by this party it is standing a new candidate.
London-wide list candidatesEdit
|2021 London Assembly election (London-wide)|
|Conservative||Shaun Bailey, Andrew Boff, Susan Hall, Emma Best, Selina Seesunkur, Toby Williams, Ahmereen Reza, Tim Briggs, Simon Hoar, John Riley, Antonia Cox|
|Green||Siân Berry, Caroline Russell, Zack Polanski, Benali Hamdache, Gulnar Hasnain, Shahrar Ali, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Ben Fletcher, Scott Ainslie, Hannah Graham, Peter Underwood|
|Labour||Elly Baker, Sakina Sheikh, Liam Young, Preston Tabois|
|Liberal Democrats||Caroline Pidgeon, Hina Bokhari, Rob Blackie, Chris Maines, Joyce Onstad, Irina von Wiese, Hussain Khan, Michael Bukola, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Ade Fatukasi, Charley Hasted|
|Women's Equality||Harini Iyengar, Tabitha Morton, Christine Dean, Rebecca Manson-Jones, Guilene Marcor, Pamela Ritchie, Leila Fazal, Sarabajaya Kumar, Nikki Uppal, Jenn Selby, Sellisha Lockyer|
David Kurten, who was elected to the Assembly as a UKIP candidate, left the party and announced his intention to stand as an independent candidate for the mayoralty and the Assembly. He subsequently formed a new party, The Heritage Party.
Assembly members not standing for re-electionEdit
- Jennette Arnold, Chair of the London Assembly and Labour member for North East London.
- Gareth Bacon, former Leader of the London Conservatives on the Assembly and the member for Bexley and Bromley, was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Orpington at the 2019 general election.
- Tom Copley, Labour Assembly Member London-wide, was appointed Deputy Mayor of London for Housing.
- Andrew Dismore, Labour's Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden.
- Florence Eshalomi, Labour's Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Vauxhall in 2019.
- Navin Shah, Labour's Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow.
- Tony Arbour, Conservative Assembly Member for the South West constituency
- Steve O'Connell, Conservative Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton constituency
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||2–6 March 2020||1,002||47%||31%||9%||11%||-[a]||16%|
|5 May 2016||Election results||43.5%||31.1%||9.1%||7.5%||1.2%||12.4%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||2–6 March 2020||1,002||45%||29%||12%||10%||-[a]||16%|
|5 May 2016||Election results||40.3%||29.2%||8.0%||6.3%||7.4%||11.1%|
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