A review of the voting system gives us an opportunity to look at the boundaries of the 14 constituency GLA seats we have in the London Assembly as some have more 500,000 constituents like City & East London and North-East London and are spread across 3 local authorities and half a dozen parliamentary seats.
Last week, Conservative sources confirmed to this site that they would seek to overturn that motion and the 1998 referendum vote in order to impose First Past the Post on the capital.
Conservative plans to hold future mayoral elections under First Past The Post have, perhaps inevitably, been greeted with social media claims that the party is attempting to “rig” future elections in its favour.
Newham has enjoyed great success in clamping down on landlords letting out substandard homes, leading to more than 1,1000 landlords being prosecuted, but its approval to run the scheme is due to expire and the council is understandably keen to put pressure on ministers to grant a renewal.
Darren Johnson, the Green Party’s 2000 and 2004 mayoral candidate, a London Assembly member for 16 years and former councillor, warns the party’s focus on electoral pacts risks harming its standing.