|Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development|
23 March 2020
| Member of the London Assembly |
as the 8th Additional Member
4 May 2012 –22 March 2020
|Preceded by||Dee Doocey|
|Succeeded by||Alison Moore|
| Lewisham London Borough Councillor |
3 May 2018 –20 March 2020
|Born||11 May 1985|
|Political party||Labour Co-op|
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham|
Tom Phillip Copley (born 11 May 1985) is a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician,serving as the Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development.He served as a London wide member of the London Assembly from 2012 to 2020 and is a former councillor on Lewisham Council.
Copley studied at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury,before going on to study Politics at the University of Nottingham.
Prior to his election as a London Assembly Member,Copley worked for Searchlight,the anti-racist and anti-fascist organisation.He has also worked as the local organiser and agent for the Labour Party in Camden and on Ken Livingstone's successful campaign to be selected as Labour's candidate for the 2012 London mayoral election.
Copley was Chair of London Young Labour from 2008 to 2009 and sat as London representative on the Young Labour National Committee from 2008 to 2011. In 2010,he stood for election to Camden Council in the Haverstock ward,but was unsuccessful.
He was placed fourth on Labour's assembly list for the 2012 London Assembly electionand was elected as a London-wide assembly member in May 2012 after Labour received 41.1% of the vote. He remains the youngest person ever to be elected to the London Assembly. He was re-elected as a Londonwide member in 2016 as the second-placed candidate on Labour's Londonwide list.
In May 2018,Copley was elected to represent the Sydenham ward on Lewisham London Borough Council,as one of three Labour councillors.
Copley was reselected as one of Labour's Londonwide list candidates for the 2020 London Assembly election,though he was appointed to his Deputy Mayoral role and thus dropped out of the race before the order of candidates was determined.
Following his appointment as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development,Copley resigned as a member of the Assemblyand was replaced by the fifth member on Labour's 2016 Londonwide list,Alison Moore. In May 2021,he resigned from his seat in Lewisham after three years,prior to serving a full term.
Copley served as Chair of the Assembly's Housing Committee,and also sat on the Transport,Confirmation Hearings,GLA Oversight and Planning committees for 2019-20.He has been strongly critical of the failed Garden Bridge project, campaigned for greater transparency on the issue, and served as Chair of the Assembly's Garden Bridge Working Group.
Following his election to the London Assembly,Copley,who is gay,was made a patron of LGBT Labour.He is on the boards of the New Diorama Theatre in Camden and the humanist charity Humanists UK,formerly the British Humanist Association.
As well as the Labour party,Copley is also a member of the Co-operative party,the Fabian Society,and both Unite the Union and the GMB. He is a republican and a member of Republic,the campaign for an elected head of state.
Copley repeatedly challenged previous Mayor of London Boris Johnson over housing issues in London.He has called for the introduction of a German model of rent regulation to be introduced to regulate rents in the private rented sector.
In January 2013 he called for an investigation into allegations of blacklisting on the Crossrail project,claiming the practice was "almost endemic" in the construction industry.
In July 2013 Copley undertook a rapporteurship into the challenges facing small theatres in London.This resulted in the Centre Stage report.
In 2016,he led a successful motion for the London Assembly to oppose the Prime Minister's plans to reinstate 100% religiously selective schools,citing evidence that this would harm London's community cohesion and discriminate against poorer families.
Copley has campaigned extensively on housing issues including homelessness,and the Right to Buy policy,on which he has produced two reports. The first of these,'From Right to Buy to Buy to Let', highlighted the large proportion of London council homes sold under the right to buy which end up in the private rented sector and called for sweeping reforms of the scheme. The 2019 follow up report,'Right to Buy:Wrong for London', focused on the money being spent by London Boroughs renting back their former properties and called for the scheme to be abolished entirely in London.
In May 2019,he released a report –'Slums of the Future:Permitted Development conversions in London' on the impact of the extension of permitted development rights whereby developers are able to convert office space to homes without planning oversight.In this report,Copley highlighted the poor quality and affordability of these homes and called for an end to Permitted Development rights for any conversions to residential homes.
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 supermajority,to amend the Mayor's annual budget and to reject the Mayor's draft statutory strategies. The London Assembly was established in 2000. It is also able to investigate other issues of importance to Londoners,publish its findings and recommendations,and make proposals to the Mayor.
Andrew Hartley Dismore is a British Labour politician who was the Member of the London Assembly for Barnet and Camden from 2012 to 2021. He previously was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hendon from 1997 until 2010.
Jennette Arnold,OBE is a Labour Co-op politician who served as chair of the London Assembly for five terms. From 2004 to 2021,Arnold represented the North East constituency,comprising the London Boroughs of Hackney,Islington and Waltham Forest.
Leonard Lloyd Duvall OBE is a British Labour and Co-operative politician serving as the Leader of the Labour Group in the London Assembly since 2004,and has been the Member of the London Assembly (AM) for Greenwich and Lewisham since 2000. Duvall is a former chair of both the Metropolitan Police Authority and the London Labour Party Regional Board.
An election to the Assembly of London took place on 10 June 2004,along with the 2004 London mayoral election.
Darren Paul Johnson is a former English politician who was a prominent member of the Green Party of England and Wales. He represented the Green Party on the London Assembly from 2000 to 2016 and was a Green councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham. He is now a writer and has had several rock music biographies published.
Siân Rebecca Berry is a British politician who served as Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales alongside Jonathan Bartley from 2018 to 2021,and as its sole leader from July to October 2021. From 2006 to 2007,she was one of the Green Party's principal speakers.
Andrew Boff is a British politician who has been Chair of the London Assembly since 2023,and previously from 2021 to 2022. A member of the Conservative Party,he has served a London-wide Assembly Member (AM) since the 2008 election. Boff served as Leader of the Conservatives in the London Assembly from June 2012 to October 2015.
Caroline Valerie Pidgeon is a British politician serving as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly since 2018,and a Londonwide Member of the London Assembly (AM) since 2008.
Fiona Ruth Twycross,Baroness Twycross is a Labour Party politician. She was born in South London before moving to Oxford. She studied at Cheney School in Oxford before going on to study Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in contemporary Scandinavian literature. She subsequently studied Public Policy and Management at Birkbeck,University of London. She has lived and worked in the East Midlands,Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East.
The 2016 London mayoral election was held on 5 May 2016 to elect the Mayor of London,on the same day as the London Assembly election. It was the fifth election to the position of mayor,which was created in 2000 after a referendum in Greater London. The election used a supplementary vote system.
The 2016 London Assembly election was an election held on 5 May 2016 to elect the members of the London Assembly. It took place on the same day as the London mayoral election and the United Kingdom local elections. Four parties had AMs in the previous Assembly:London Labour led by Len Duvall,London Conservatives led by Gareth Bacon,London Greens led by Siân Berry,and the London Liberal Democrats led by Caroline Pidgeon.
David Michael Kurten is a British politician who has served as leader of the Heritage Party since September 2020. He was previously a member of the London Assembly (AM) for Londonwide from 2016 to 2021. Elected as a UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate,he subsequently left the party in January 2020. He is the registered leader of the Heritage Party and characterises himself as a social conservative.
The 2021 London Assembly election was held on 6 May 2021 to elect the members of the London Assembly,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 was 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. The election was held on the same day in 2021 as other elections in the UK;the UK local elections,Scottish Parliament election,and Welsh Senedd election.
Damien James Egan is a British Labour Party politician,and the second directly elected Mayor of Lewisham in Greater London.
A by-election was held in the UK Parliament constituency of Lewisham East on 14 June 2018,following the resignation of Labour MP Heidi Alexander. It was the second by-election held during the 57th UK Parliament,which was elected in June 2017.
Alison Moore is a British Labour politician and was Mayor of Barnet Council from May 2022 to May 2023. Moore served as a member of the London Assembly from March 2020 to May 2021.
Sakina Zahra Sheikh is a British Labour Party politician who has been a Member of the London Assembly (AM) for Londonwide since 2021. She also represents Perry Vale on Lewisham Council.
The 2022 Lewisham London Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2022. All 54 members of Lewisham London Borough Council were up for election. The elections took place alongside local elections in the other London boroughs and elections to local authorities across the United Kingdom.
The 2024 London mayoral election is due to be held on 2 May 2024 to elect the mayor of London. It will take place simultaneously with elections to the London Assembly and local elections across England and Wales. Following the Elections Act 2022,voting in this election will take place under the first-past-the-post system for the first time,replacing the supplementary vote system.