How the Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections Work

A brief explanation of how Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections Work

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Electing the Mayor and Assembly

Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections take place every four years. The last elections took place in May 2021. The next Mayoral and London Assembly elections will take place on Thursday, 2 May 2024.

Three different ‘contests’ make up Greater London Assembly Elections (GLA) – and there are three different ballot papers for voters. These are for:

  • the Mayor of London
  • the 14 Members of the London Assembly that represent London’s 14 Constituencies
  • the 11 Assembly Members that represent the whole of London (London-wide Members)

Registering to vote

To vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections, you need to be on the electoral register. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a difference. It’s a quick, easy, and essential step towards ensuring your voice is heard in the upcoming elections. Register to vote today by clicking on the link Register to vote – GOV.UK

Examining decisions and actions to ensure promises to Londoners are delivered.

That is the job of the 25 London Assembly Members, who you elect at the same time as the Mayor. Eleven represent the whole capital, and 14 are elected by constituencies. As the most powerful directly-elected politician in the UK, it is essential the Mayor is held publicly and democratically accountable.

The Assembly has a Chair and Deputy Chair, each elected by Members for a one-year term in April.

Holding the Mayor to account

The Assembly holds the Mayor accountable by examining policies, programs, and questioning them ten times a year. Before creating statutory strategies and the budget, the Mayor must consult Assembly Members. The Assembly can reject strategies and amend the budget with a two-thirds majority.

Assembly meetings are open to the public so Londoners can stay informed about the activities of the Mayor, and the Assembly can publicly review their performance.

Investigating issues and influencing policy development

As well as examining the Mayor’s actions and decisions, Assembly Members act as champions for Londoners by investigating issues important to the capital – from improving the economy to tackling alcohol misuse by young Londoners.

You can learn more about what the Mayor and London Assembly do by visiting the mayor, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority website.

Who are the candidates

You can find the candidates by visiting the website  Who Can I Vote For? Find out about candidates in your area [External site]