Voting has now opened in the ballot to decide who will represent the Green Party at next May’s London Mayor and Assembly elections.
Local councillors Sian Berry and Caroline Russell, plus party spokespeople Tom Chance, Benali Hamdache, and Jonathan Bartley, and activist Rashid Nix are all vying for the Mayoral nomination.
All six are also on the list of 14 contenders hoping to secure one of 11 places on the party’s slate of Assembly candidates in the all-London ‘top up list’ election.
The party’s current two Assembly Members, Darren Johnson and Baroness Jenny Jones, are stepping down next year after 16 years on the Assembly.
Both have previously stood in the Mayoral election and in 2012 a strong performance from Jones helped the party overtake the Liberal Democrats to become the third biggest party by vote share at City Hall.
Co-Coordinator of the London Green Party Caroline Allen said: “This is a big month for the Green Party in London. Our members face an incredibly tough choice between an extremely strong field of candidates – it’s both an enviable and difficult position to be in!
“But we know that with our recent growth in support and surge in membership whoever emerges as our candidates on September 2nd, we are going to be able to put in our toughest, strongest, and most exciting Mayoral and Assembly campaign to-date.”
Party members now have a month to decide who will represent them and the results will be announced on Wednesday 2nd September.