London Assembly

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London Assembly
London Assembly logo.svg
Type
Type
History
Founded3 July 2000
Leadership
Andrew Boff
since 14 May 2021
Deputy Chair
Keith Prince
since 14 May 2021
Group leaders
Structure
Seats25
London Assembly Current Composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Labour (11)
  •   Conservative (9)
  •   Green (3)
  •   Liberal Democrats (2)
Committees
List
  • Audit
  • Budget and Performance
  • Budget Monitoring
  • Confirmation Hearings
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • GLA Oversight
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Planning
  • Police and Crime
  • Regeneration
  • Transport
Elections
Additional Member System
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
May 2024
Meeting place
GLA Chamber.jpg
City Hall (to 31 December 2021)
The Crystal (from 1 January 2022)
Website
www.london.gov.uk

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 super-majority, to amend the Mayor's annual budget and to reject the Mayor's draft statutory strategies. [1] The London 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 (most notably transport or environmental matters), publish its findings and recommendations, as well as make proposals to the Mayor.

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Assembly Members

The Assembly comprises 25 Assembly 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 geographical super-constituencies each electing one Member, with a further 11 members elected from a party list to make the total Assembly Members from each party proportional to the votes cast for that party across the whole of London using a modified D'Hondt allocation. [2] A party must win at least 5% of the party list vote in order to win any seats. Members of the London Assembly have the post-nominal title 'AM'. The annual salary for a London Assembly Member is approximately £59,000. [3]

Former Assembly Members

Since its creation in 2000, fifteen Assembly Members have subsequently been elected to the House of Commons: David Lammy, Meg Hillier, Diana Johnson and Florence Eshalomi for Labour; Andrew Pelling, Bob Neill, Angie Bray, Bob Blackman, Eric Ollerenshaw, Victoria Borwick, James Cleverly, Kit Malthouse, Kemi Badenoch and Gareth Bacon 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, as was Navin Shah who stood for Labour in Harrow East in 2017. Andrew Dismore, Graham Tope, and the late 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, having been re-elected in 2018.

Structure of the Assembly

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. Terms are for four years, so despite the delayed 2020 election, which will be held in 2021, the following election will be in 2024.

In December 2016, an Electoral Reform Bill was introduced which would have changed the election system to first-past-the-post. [4] At the 2017 general election, the Conservative Party manifesto proposed changing how the Assembly is elected to first-past-the-post. [5]

However, since the general election of 2017, which resulted in a hung Parliament with the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party in a confidence and supply arrangement, no action has been taken with regard to the electoral arrangements of the London Assembly, and the 2020 election, delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held on the current electoral system of AMS (constituencies and regional list)

Political partyAssembly members
200020042008201220162021
Labour 978121211
11 / 25
Conservative 9911989
9 / 25
Green 322223
3 / 25
Liberal Democrat 453212
2 / 25
UKIP 020020
0 / 25
BNP 00100

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.

In March 2019, following the departure of Tom Copley and Fiona Twycross to take up full-time Deputy Mayor roles, Murad Qureshi and Alison Moore replaced them as Labour Assembly Members. The end of the term in office for AMs was extended from May 2020 to May 2021, as no elections were being held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

List of current Assembly Members

ConstituencyMemberPolitical party
Barnet and Camden Anne Clarke Labour Co-op
Bexley and Bromley Peter Fortune Conservative
Brent and Harrow Krupesh Hirani Labour
City and East Unmesh Desai Labour
Croydon and Sutton Neil Garratt Conservative
Ealing and Hillingdon Onkar Sahota Labour
Enfield and Haringey Joanne McCartney Labour Co-op
Greenwich and Lewisham Len Duvall Labour Co-op
Havering and Redbridge Keith Prince Conservative
Lambeth and Southwark Marina Ahmad Labour
Merton and Wandsworth Leonie Cooper Labour Co-op
North East Sem Moema Labour
South West Nicholas Rogers Conservative
West Central Tony Devenish Conservative
Additional Members
London-wide
Siân Berry Green
Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrats
Caroline Russell Green
Shaun Bailey Conservative
Andrew Boff Conservative
Zack Polanski Green
Susan Hall Conservative
Elly Baker Labour
Hina Bokhari Liberal Democrats
Sakina Sheikh Labour
Emma Best Conservative
Composition of London Assembly, 2000 - 2021
Green Party
Labour Party
Liberal Democrats
Conservative Party
UKIP
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Composition of London Assembly, 2000 – 2021
  Green Party   Labour Party   Liberal Democrats   Conservative Party   UKIP   BNP

List of chairs of the London Assembly

Chairs of the assembly
NameEntered officeLeft officePolitical party
Trevor Phillips May 2000May 2001 Labour
Sally Hamwee May 2001May 2002 Liberal Democrats
Trevor PhillipsMay 2002February 2003 Labour
Sally HamweeFebruary 2003May 2004 Liberal Democrats
Brian Coleman May 2004May 2005 Conservative
Sally HamweeMay 2005May 2006 Liberal Democrats
Brian ColemanMay 2006May 2007 Conservative
Sally HamweeMay 2007May 2008 Liberal Democrats
Jennette Arnold May 2008May 2009 Labour
Darren Johnson May 2009May 2010 Green
Dee Doocey May 2010May 2011 Liberal Democrats
Jennette ArnoldMay 2011May 2013 Labour
Darren JohnsonMay 2013May 2014 Green
Roger Evans May 2014May 2015 Conservative
Jennette ArnoldMay 2015May 2016 Labour
Tony Arbour May 2016May 2017 Conservative
Jennette ArnoldMay 2017May 2018 Labour
Tony ArbourMay 2018May 2019 Conservative
Jennette ArnoldMay 2019May 2020 Labour
Navin Shah May 2020May 2021 Labour
Andrew Boff May 2021Incumbent Conservative

Committees

The Assembly has formed the following committees: [6]

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. [7]

Result maps

Note that these maps only show constituency results and not list results.

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