London Assembly

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London Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Roger Evans AM, Conservatives
Structure
Seats 25 Assembly Members
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Committees
  • Audit
  • Budget and Performance
  • Budget Monitoring
  • Confirmation Hearings
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • GLA Oversight
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Planning
  • Police and Crime
  • Regeneration
  • Transport
12 / 25
9 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 25
Elections
Additional Member System
Last election
3 May 2012
Next election
5 May 2016
Meeting place
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City Hall
Southwark, Greater London
United Kingdom
Website
www.london.gov.uk
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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 and to reject the Mayor's draft statutory strategies.[1] 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[edit]

The 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 using modified D'Hondt.[2] 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 £54,000.[3] The current chair of the London Assembly is Darren Johnson of the Green Party and his deputy is Roger Evans, Conservative member for Havering and Redbridge.

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. Andrew Dismore and Richard Tracey are both former MPs who were later elected to the Assembly.

Structure of the Assembly[edit]

    Political party Assembly Members Current members
2000 2004 2008 2012
  Labour 9 7 8 12                        
  Conservative 9 9 11 9                        
  Green 3 2 2 2                        
  Liberal Democrat 4 5 3 2                        
  UKIP - 2 - -                        
  BNP - - 1 -                        
Composition of London Assembly, 2000 - 2012      Green Party      Labour Party      Liberal Democrats      Conservative Party      UKIP      BNP

Constituency members[edit]

Further information: London Assembly constituencies
Constituency Member Party
Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore Labour
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 Onkar Sahota Labour
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[edit]

    Party
Members
  Labour Nicky Gavron, Murad Qureshi, Fiona Twycross, Tom Copley
  Conservative Andrew Boff, Gareth Bacon, Victoria Borwick
  Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon, Stephen Knight
  Green Jenny Jones, Darren Johnson

Chair[edit]

Committees[edit]

The London Assembly is required to form a Police and Crime Panel by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in order to scrutinise the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ s229 Localism Act 2011 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/20/section/229
  2. ^ "BBC News - How the London election works". Bbc.co.uk. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "London Assembly Members". The London Assembly. Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority. 
  4. ^ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/13/section/32/enacted

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