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The London Assembly is a 25-member elected body, part of the Greater London Authority, that scrutinises the activities of the Mayor of London and has the power, with a two-thirds majority, to amend the Mayor's annual budget and to reject the Mayor's draft statutory strategies. The assembly was established in 2000 and meets at City Hall on the south bank of the River Thames, close to Tower Bridge. The assembly is also able to investigate other issues of importance to Londoners (transport, environmental matters, etc.), publish its findings and recommendations, and make proposals to the Mayor.
Joanne McCartney, Labour
Since 9 May 2016
Largest Group Leader
Len Duvall, Labour
Since 3 May 2012
Other Group Leaders
|Additional Member System|
|5 May 2016|
|7 May 2020 or earlier|
|City Hall, Southwark|
The assembly comprises 25 members elected using the Additional Member System of proportional representation, with 13 seats needed for a majority. Elections take place every four years – at the same time as for the Mayor. There are 14 constituencies each electing one member, with a further 11 members elected from a party list to make the total members from each party proportional to the votes cast for that party across the whole of London using a modified D'Hondt allocation. A party must win at least 5% of the party list vote in order to win any seats. Members of the assembly have the post-nominal title 'AM'. The annual salary for a London Assembly member is approximately £55,000.
Since its creation in 2000, twelve assembly members have subsequently been elected to the House of Commons: David Lammy, Meg Hillier and Diana Johnson for Labour; Andrew Pelling, Bob Neill, Angie Bray, Bob Blackman, Eric Ollerenshaw, Victoria Borwick, James Cleverly and Kit Malthouse for the Conservatives; and Lynne Featherstone for the Liberal Democrats. One assembly member, Jenny Jones, was appointed to the House of Lords as the first life peer for the Green Party, and simultaneously sat in the assembly until May 2016. Sally Hamwee, Graham Tope and Toby Harris were life peers elected to the assembly, while Lynne Featherstone and Dee Doocey were appointed peers after leaving the assembly. In addition, Val Shawcross, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark was selected, but unsuccessful, as the Labour parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark at the 2010 general election. Andrew Dismore, Graham Tope, and Richard Tracey are all former MPs who were later elected to the assembly. One assembly member – John Biggs, former AM for City and East – became the directly-elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2015. He is currently serving as the Mayor.
Structure of the assemblyEdit
London Assembly elections have been held under the Additional Member System, with a set number of constituencies elected on a first-past-the-post system and a set number London-wide on a closed party list system.
In December 2016, an Electoral Reform Bill was introduced which would have changed the election system to first-past-the-post. At the 2017 UK general election, the Conservative Party manifesto proposed changes to how the assembly is elected, to first-past-the-post.. However since the general election of 2017, which resulted in a hung Parliament with the Conservatives and the DUP in a supply and confidence arrangement, no action has been taken with regard to the electoral arrangements of the Assembly and it is generally assumed that the 2020 elections will be held on the current electoral system of MMP (constituencies and regional list)
|Political party||Assembly members|
12 / 25
8 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 25
1 / 25
|British National Party||1|
0 / 25
On 12 December 2018, following Peter Whittle's departure from UKIP, he and David Kurten disbanded the UKIP grouping and formed the Brexit Alliance group, though David Kurten still remains a member of UKIP.
List of assembly membersEdit
List of chairs of the assemblyEdit
|Name||Entered office||Left office||Political party|
|Trevor Phillips||May 2000||May 2001||Labour|
|Sally Hamwee||May 2001||May 2002||Liberal Democrat|
|Trevor Phillips||May 2002||February 2003||Labour|
|Sally Hamwee||February 2003||May 2004||Liberal Democrat|
|Brian Coleman||May 2004||May 2005||Conservative|
|Sally Hamwee||May 2005||May 2006||Liberal Democrat|
|Brian Coleman||May 2006||May 2007||Conservative|
|Sally Hamwee||May 2007||May 2008||Liberal Democrat|
|Jennette Arnold||May 2008||May 2009||Labour|
|Darren Johnson||May 2009||May 2010||Green|
|Dee Doocey||May 2010||May 2011||Liberal Democrat|
|Jennette Arnold||May 2011||May 2013||Labour|
|Darren Johnson||May 2013||May 2014||Green|
|Roger Evans||May 2014||May 2015||Conservative|
|Jennette Arnold||May 2015||May 2016||Labour|
|Tony Arbour||May 2016||May 2017||Conservative|
|Jennette Arnold||May 2017||May 2018||Labour|
|Tony Arbour||May 2018||incumbent||Conservative|
The assembly has formed the following committees:
- Audit Panel
- Budget and Performance Committee
- Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee
- Confirmation Hearings Committee
- Devolution Working Group
- Economy Committee
- Education Panel
- Environment Committee
- GLA Oversight Committee
- Health Committee
- Housing Committee
- Online Crime Working Group
- Planning Committee
- Police and Crime Committee
- Regeneration Committee
- Transport Committee
The Police and Crime Committee was set up under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in order to scrutinise the work of Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, which replaced the Metropolitan Police Authority. The chair of the Police and Crime Committee is Joanne McCartney, deputy chairs are Caroline Pidgeon and Jenny Jones, and other members are Tony Arbour, Jeanette Arnold, John Biggs, Victoria Borwick, Len Duvall and Roger Evans.
Note that these maps only show constituency results and not list results.
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