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The Chamber of the London Assembly at City Hall.

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 side of the River Thames close to Tower Bridge. The Assembly is also able to investigate other issues of importance to Londoners, publish its findings and recommendations, and make proposals to the Mayor.

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Stepping stone

Although the Assembly's powers are fairly limited, the body is increasingly seen as a stepping stone to Parliament. In the time since its creation in 2000, six Assembly members have been elected to the House of Commons: David Lammy, Meg Hillier and Diana Johnson for Labour; Andrew Pelling and Bob Neill for the Conservatives; and Lynne Featherstone for the Liberal Democrats. In addition, Angie Bray and Bob Blackman have been selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidates for the marginal seats of Ealing Central and Acton and Harrow East at the next general election.

Assembly Members

The London Assembly comprises 25 members elected using the Additional Member System. 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.'

In 2009/10 the Chair of the London Assembly is Darren Johnson. His predecessor was Jennette Arnold.

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Current state of the parties

    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                      

Constituency members

London Assembly constituencies
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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

    Party
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
  British National Party Richard Barnbrook

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Simple English


The London Assembly is an elected body and part of the Greater London Authority that verifies the activities of the Mayor of London. It 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 side of the River Thames. The Assembly is also able to investigate other issues of importance to Londoners, publish its findings and recommendations, and make proposals to the Mayor.


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