When are the London Assembly elections and how can I vote?

Here we take a look at the body attempting to hold whoever the new mayor is to account over the next three years.

What is the London Assembly?

The London Assembly has 25-members from Greens (2), Labour (12), Conservatives (8), Lib Dems (1) and the Brexit Alliance party (2). Its purpose is to scrutinise the activities of the Mayor of London.

It has the power, with a two-thirds super-majority, to amend the Mayor’s annual budget and to reject the Mayor’s strategies.

What do the London Assembly do?

As well as hold the London mayor to account the London Assembly have formed several committees on policing, environment, fire service etc.

The cross-party London Assembly Police and Crime Committee wrote to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Dame Cressida Dick urging her to take action to rebuild the confidence of women in London, following the Sarah Everard vigil.

The Assembly can examine mayoral policy with site visits and investigations.

The Mayor should respond to Assembly motions and formal recommendations.

In addition, the Assembly questions the Mayor ten times a year at Mayor’s Question Time.

How long will they be in power?

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.

How does voting work in the London Assembly elections?

If you are on the electoral register, you should have received a polling card. This contains your polling number and polling station address. You do not need to bring this to vote.

Unlike in the general election, EU citizens living in London with a right to work or stay in the UK can vote.

Choose who you want to represent your local area on the London Assembly, voting on the yellow ballot paper.

You then choose a second candidate for the London Assembly using the orange ballot paperwhich is used to choose a member to represent the whole of the capital on the London Assembly.

The members of the Assembly are elected through a combination of both first past the post as well as closed list proportional representation; this system is commonly referred as the additional member system.  For a party to be included it needs to attain at least 5 per cent of the vote across London. 

Do I have to vote in the London Assembly elections?

No. Voter turnout at the last election was 46 per cent.

Can I vote in the London Assembly elections without going to the polling station?

Yes, as long as you have met the deadline to register to vote by post or to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.


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