: DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
May 2016 | UK Elections Portal
The Mayor of London
Mayoral Candidates for 2016
- Zac Goldsmith MP – Conservative Party
- Sadiq Khan MP – Labour Party
Read The Battle for London: Goldsmith vs Khan by Lucy Mannion
- Sian Berry – Green Party
- Caroline Pidgeon – Liberal Democrats
- Peter Whittle – UKIP
- George Galloway – Respect Party
- David Furness – British National Party
- Sophie Walker – Women’s Equality Party
- Paul Golding – Britain First
- Lee Harris – Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
- Ankit Love – One Love Party
- John Zynlinski – Independent
The Role of the Mayor of London
The Mayor of London sets the budget and is responsible for making London a better place for everyone who visits, lives or works in the city. The Mayor is elected every four years. You can also find out about the London Assembly here.
The Mayor from 2008 to May 2016 was Boris Johnson. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected on 3rd May 2012.
- making it easier for people to move in and around the city
- improving London’s environment
- helping the capital’s businesses to thrive,
- providing Londoners with more affordable housing
- giving young people in London more opportunities
Setting the vision for London
The Mayor sets an overall vision for London. He has a duty to create plans and policies for the capital covering:
Arts & Culture
Business & Economy
Housing and Land
Policing & Crime
Other priorities for the Mayor include higher education, foreign Investment and attracting events and conferences to London.
The Mayor’s £17bn annual budget supports investment in public transport, fire services and policing as well as the work of City Hall. It is financed from a mixture of central government grants, transport fares and other charges, business rates and council tax.
Working in partnership to improve the capital
In line with his commitment to do all he can to improve London, the Mayor invests in and works with many different people and organisations to achieve this aim.
Championing London and Londoners
The Mayor is also the elected voice of the capital and champions London and Londoners at home and abroad.
The First Mayor of London
Find out about the first Mayor of London Ken Livingstone here.