A well connected Westminster type tells me that ministers are considering moving the date of the next Mayor of London election from May 2020 to avoid Sadiq Khan’s re-election bid clashing with the next general election.
Obviously the change of political control at City Hall means the Government can’t cut short Sadiq’s current term without looking like sore losers so the most probable outcome would be a move to November 2020 or May 2021.
The pitifully low turnout for the initial Police and Crime Commissioner elections would presumably deter anyone from holding another dark night election, especially given the risk of reversing last week’s pleasingly high turnout.
So that leaves us, if the initial rumour is correct, with the possibility of the first ever five year London mayoral term and voters going to the polls on 6th May 2021 – the same day as their Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish counterparts.
Trivia buffs will already know that ministers last used their power to delay the election in 2004, giving Ken an extra month to his initial mayoral term but Sadiq could be on course for a far more generous gift from the current Tory administration.