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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.

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 Acton and Harrow East at the next general election.

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[edit] Makeup

The London Assembly comprises 25 members, all elected at the same time as the Mayor. There are 14 constituencies, each with one member, and then 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. Members of the Assembly have the 'AM' after their names. The Additional Member System is used for the list members. The current state of the parties in the Assembly is:

    Party Seats Current Assembly
2000 2004
  Conservative 9 9                  
  Labour 9 7                  
  Liberal Democrat 4 5                  
  Green 3 2                  
  One London 0 2                  

Both One London members were elected on the United Kingdom Independence Party list but defected in February 2005 to the newly-formed Veritas party; from September 2005 they formed their own party.

[edit] Constituency Members

See London Assembly constituencies for a list of London boroughs each constituency covers.

London Assembly constituencies
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<tr><th>Constituency<th>Member<th>Party <tr><td>Barnet and Camden<td>Brian Coleman<td>Conservative <tr><Td>Bexley and Bromley<td>Bob Neill<td>Conservative <tr><td>Brent and Harrow<td>Robert Blackman<td>Conservative <tr><td>City and East<td>John Biggs<td>Labour <tr><td>Croydon and Sutton<td>Andrew Pelling<td>Conservative <tr><td>Ealing and Hillingdon<td>Richard Barnes<td>Conservative <tr><td>Enfield and Haringey<td>Joanne McCartney<td>Labour <tr><td>Greenwich and Lewisham<td>Len Duvall<td>Labour <tr><td>Havering and Redbridge<td>Roger Evans<td>Conservative <tr><td>Lambeth and Southwark<td>Valerie Shawcross<td>Labour <tr><td>Merton and Wandsworth<td>Elizabeth Howlett<td>Conservative <tr><td>North East<td>Jennette Arnold<td>Labour <tr><td>South West<td>Tony Arbour<td>Conservative <tr><td>West Central<td>Angie Bray<td>Conservative </table>

[edit] London-wide Members

[edit] See also

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Government of London from 1855 to present

Metropolitan Board of Works (MBW) 1855 - 1889

London County Council (LCC) 1889 - 1965

Greater London Council (GLC) 1965 - 1986

Mayor of London and the London Assembly of the Greater London Authority (GLA) 2000 +

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