London Assembly

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London Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Leader of the Largest Group
Seats 25 Assembly Members
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Political groups
  • Audit
  • Budget and Performance
  • Budget Monitoring
  • Confirmation Hearings
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • GLA Oversight
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Planning
  • Police and Crime
  • Regeneration
  • Transport
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
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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

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 £55,000.[3]

Since its creation in 2000, twelve 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, Eric Ollerenshaw, Victoria Borwick, James Cleverly and Kit Malthouse 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. One assembly member – John Biggs, AM for City and East – became the directly-elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2015. He is currently serving as both Mayor and AM.

Structure of the Assembly

    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

List of Assembly Members

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 Nicky Gavron   Labour
Murad Qureshi   Labour
Fiona Twycross   Labour
Tom Copley   Labour
Andrew Boff   Conservative
Gareth Bacon   Conservative
Kemi Badenoch   Conservative
Caroline Pidgeon   Liberal Democrat
Stephen Knight   Liberal Democrat
Jenny Jones   Green
Darren Johnson   Green

Chairs of the Assembly

Name Entered office Left office Political party
Trevor Phillips May 2000 May 2001 Labour
Sally Hamwee May 2001 May 2002 Liberal Democrat
Trevor Phillips May 2002 February 2003 Labour
Sally Hamwee February 2003 May 2004 Liberal Democrat
Brian Coleman May 2004 May 2005 Conservative
Sally Hamwee May 2005 May 2006 Liberal Democrat
Brian Coleman May 2006 May 2007 Conservative
Sally Hamwee May 2007 May 2008 Liberal Democrat
Jennette Arnold May 2008 May 2009 Labour
Darren Johnson May 2009 May 2010 Green
Dee Doocey May 2010 May 2011 Liberal Democrat
Jennette Arnold May 2011 May 2013 Labour
Darren Johnson May 2013 May 2014 Green
Roger Evans May 2014 May 2015 Conservative
Jennette Arnold May 2015 Incumbent Labour


The Assembly has formed the following committees:[4]

  • Audit Panel
  • Budget and Performance Committee
  • Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee
  • Confirmation Hearings Committee
  • Devolution Working Group
  • Economy Committee
  • Education Panel
  • Environment Committee
  • GLA Oversight Committee
  • Health Committee
  • Housing Committee
  • Online Crime Working Group
  • Planning Committee
  • Police and Crime Committee
  • Regeneration Committee
  • Transport Committee

The Police and Crime Committee was set up under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in order to scrutinise the work of Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, which replaced the Metropolitan Police Authority.[5] The chair of the Police and Crime Committee is Joanne McCartney, deputy chairs are Caroline Pidgeon and Jenny Jones, and other members are Tony Arbour, Jeanette Arnold, John Biggs, Victoria Borwick, Len Duvall and Roger Evans.

Result maps

See also


  1. "Localism Act 2011". 7 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "BBC News – How the London election works". 25 April 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "London Assembly Members". The London Assembly. Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011". 26 October 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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