London Assembly

London Assembly
London Assembly
Type Unicameral
Chair Jennette Arnold AM, Labour
Members 25 assembly members
11 / 25
8 / 25
Liberal Democrats
3 / 25
2 / 25
1 / 25
Voting system Additional Member System
Last election 1 May 2008
Meeting place
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City Hall
Southwark, Greater London
United Kingdom
City Hall

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The London Assembly is an 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. The assembly was established in 2000 and is headquartered 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.


Assembly members

The London Assembly comprises 25 members elected using the additional member system of proportional representation. 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. Parties must win at least 5% of the party list vote in order to win any seats. Members of the Assembly have the postnomial title 'AM'. The annual salary for a London Assembly member is approximately £54,000.[1] The current chair of the London Assembly is Dee Doocey. In 2009/10 the chair of the London Assembly was Darren Johnson.

Since its creation in 2000, nine 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 and Eric Ollerenshaw for the Conservatives; and Lynne Featherstone for the Liberal Democrats. 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. Richard Tracey is so far the only example of a former MP later being elected to the Assembly.

Structure of the assembly

    Political party Assembly members Current members
2000 2004 2008
  Conservative 9 9 11                      
  Labour 9 7 8                      
  Liberal Democrat 4 5 3                      
  Green 3 2 2                      
  British National Party 0 0 1 [2]                      
  United Kingdom Independence Party 0 2 [3] 0                      
  1. ^
  2. ^ The BNP member subsequently became an independent in August 2010.
  3. ^ The UKIP members subsequently defected to Veritas and then formed the One London party.

Constituency members

London Assembly constituencies
Constituency Member Party
Barnet and Camden Brian Coleman Conservative
Bexley and Bromley James Cleverly Conservative
Brent and Harrow Navin Shah Labour
City and East John Biggs Labour
Croydon and Sutton Stephen O'Connell Conservative
Ealing and Hillingdon Richard Barnes Conservative
Enfield and Haringey Joanne McCartney Labour
Greenwich and Lewisham Len Duvall Labour
Havering and Redbridge Roger Evans Conservative
Lambeth and Southwark Valerie Shawcross Labour
Merton and Wandsworth Richard Tracey Conservative
North East Jennette Arnold Labour
South West Tony Arbour Conservative
West Central Kit Malthouse Conservative

London-wide members

  Conservative Andrew Boff, Victoria Borwick, Gareth Bacon
  Liberal Democrats Michael Tuffrey, Dee Doocey, Caroline Pidgeon
  Labour Nicky Gavron, Murad Qureshi
  Green Jenny Jones, Darren Johnson
  Independent (elected as BNP candidate) Richard Barnbrook

See also

External links

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