Deputy Mayor of London

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The Deputy Mayor of London is a member of the London Assembly appointed by the Mayor of London in accordance with the Greater London Authority Act 1999.[1] No particular duties are specified by the Act, except to be available as temporary Mayor during a vacancy or temporary incapacity of the Mayor.[2] The Deputy Mayor's salary in 2007-08 is £90,954.[3]


Under Ken Livingstone: 2000–2008

The 2000 London mayoral election was won by Ken Livingstone, who ran as an independent after being expelled from the Labour Party. He announced that he would rotate the position of deputy mayor equally between the four parties represented in the London Assembly (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green). He offered the role to Nicky Gavron of the Labour Party for the first year. After some political manoeuvring[further explanation needed], she accepted.

However in 2001, Ken Livingstone decided not to offer the role to the Conservatives, claiming it would be disruptive, so Nicky Gavron retained the post. In 2002 the Liberal Democrats were asked to nominate a candidate but declined, saying that it would be better to scrutinise the mayor from an independent position. Again Nicky Gavron remained. In 2003, the Greens accepted an offer to nominate a deputy mayor and selected Jenny Jones, who became London's second deputy mayor.

Nicky Gavron was originally chosen as the Labour candidate for the 2004 London mayoral election but she stepped aside when Ken Livingstone was invited to rejoin the party. They then ran on a joint ticket as Labour's candidates for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor. She served as Ken Livingstone's deputy for the duration of his second term.

Under Boris Johnson: 2008–

After Boris Johnson became Mayor in May 2008, he appointed Richard Barnes[4] as his "statutory" Deputy Mayor, with the specific responsibility for community cohesion and regeneration. However, he also gave the title of Deputy Mayor to several other people, each with a specific role: Ian Clement (Government Relations); Kit Malthouse (Policing); and Ray Lewis (Young People).[5]

List of Deputy Mayors

Colour key
(for political parties)

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Nicky Gavron Nicky gavron portrait.jpg 16 May 2000 May 2003 Labour
Jenny Jones Jenny Jones.jpg May 2003 14 June 2004 Green
Nicky Gavron Nicky gavron portrait.jpg 14 June 2004 May 2008 Labour
Richard Barnes Richard Barnes.jpg 6 May 2008 Incumbent Conservative


External links

Appointment of Deputy Mayors

Delegation of Executive Powers Controversy

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