2021 London Assembly election
The 2021 London Assembly election was held on 6 May 2021 to elect the members of the London Assembly, alongside the 2021 London mayoral election. The mayoral and Assembly elections were originally to be held on 7 May 2020, but on 13 March 2020 it was announced the election would be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the sixth election since the assembly was established in 2000. Due to the previous term being extended to 5 years, those elected will serve only a three-year term until the next election in 2024. The election was held on the same day in 2021 as other elections in the UK; the UK local elections, Scottish Parliament election, and Welsh Senedd election.
All 25 seats in the London Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
The left side shows constituency winners of the election by their party colours. The right side shows regional winners of the election for the additional members by their party colours.
Five parties had figured in the fifth Assembly: London Labour led by Len Duvall; London Conservatives led by Gareth Bacon and latterly Susan Hall; London Greens led by Caroline Russell; UKIP London represented by David Kurten (as part of the Brexit Alliance group led by its former leader Peter Whittle); and the London Liberal Democrats led by Caroline Pidgeon. This fell to four as the UKIP seats were lost.
In the 2016 local elections, the Labour Party won the post of London Mayor, as well as 12 seats in the London Assembly elections. The party polled over 1 million votes, which represented the best-ever result for any political party in a London Assembly election. The Conservative Party were the runners-up, winning 8 seats, followed by the Green Party (2 seats), the UK Independence Party (2 seats) and the Liberal Democrats (1 seat). The Women's Equality Party, meanwhile, achieved 3.5% of the regional list vote, failing to reach the 5% minimum threshold required for representation.
The following year, in the snap election on 8 June 2017, Labour polled 55% of the popular vote in London, winning 49 of 73 London seats in the British House of Commons. In the 2018 borough elections across the capital, Labour saw their best result in over 45 years, winning 47% of the vote. Both the Liberal Democrats and the Green party also gained seats across London.
UKIP Assembly Member Peter Whittle left the party in December 2018. He and the remaining UKIP Assembly Member David Kurten formed their own Brexit Alliance group on the Assembly. Kurten subsequently also left UKIP.
In 2019, London was involved in two nationwide elections.
In the May 2019 European Parliament elections, the Liberal Democrats came first in London; winning the most votes in the London region with 27% and gaining three MEPs, their best result in the party's history. The Labour Party came second, with 24% of the vote, losing two seats. The Brexit Party gained two MEPs and Greens won 12.5% of the vote, holding their one seat. The Conservative Party failed to get a single MEP elected in London for the first time in the history of the party.
In the general election at the end of 2019, there was no net change in the number of seats for each party, although four constituencies in London changed hands. Across London, Labour comfortably won the most seats. Two members of the London Assembly were elected to Parliament: the Conservative group leader Gareth Bacon and Labour member Florence Eshalomi. Susan Hall replaced Bacon as Conservative group leader, and both Bacon and Eshalomi announced that they would not seek re-election at the 2020 London Assembly election.
The members of the Assembly are elected through a combination of both first past the post as well as closed list proportional representation; this system is commonly referred to as the additional member system. 14 members are elected in single member constituencies with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes becoming the Assembly Member for that constituency. An additional 11 members are also elected from the whole of London — with parties creating lists of up to 25 candidates — for a party to be included it needs to attain at least 5% of the vote across London. This process divides the remaining seats proportionally to the vote share of the parties with the use of the modified D'Hondt method allocating the seats. This system ensures proportionality with the 11 additional members being allocated in a corrective manner.
The London Labour Party changed its selection process for assembly members so that party members select new candidates. The party started an investigation into a dispute over a "trigger ballot" organised by Momentum members to deselect Florence Eshalomi, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.
Nominations for the Green Party's list candidates closed in January 2019. Their final list was headed by their two current Assembly Members, Sian Berry (also the mayoral candidate) and Caroline Russell. The other three individuals who sought the mayoral nomination are also all Assembly candidates: Shahrar Ali (list candidate in 2016), Peter Underwood and former Liberal Democrat Zack Polanski. Other candidates include Benali Hamdache (list candidate in 2016; sought to be the Green mayoral candidate in 2016, losing to Berry).
The Liberal Democrats announced a shortlist of 15 people to be list candidates. These were voted on by the party membership, with the results announced in late November 2018. The candidate list was reshuffled in May 2019 following the withdrawal of Lucy Salek, originally placed third on the list.
|Constituency||Labour||Conservative||Green||Lib Dems||Reform UK||Others|
|Barnet & Camden||Anne Clarke
|Kirsten de Keyser
|Bexley & Bromley||Stefano Borella
|Brent & Harrow||Krupesh Hirani
|City & East||Unmesh Desai
|Croydon & Sutton||Patsy Cummings
(Let London Live)
|Ealing & Hillingdon||Onkar Sahota
|Marijn van de Geer
|Enfield & Haringey||Joanne McCartney
|Pamela Anne Holmes (Independent)|
|Greenwich & Lewisham||Len Duvall
|Tan Bui (Independent)|
|Havering & Redbridge||Judith Garfield
|Andy Walker (TUSC)|
|Lambeth & Southwark||Marina Ahmad
|April Ashley (TUSC)|
|Merton & Wandsworth||Leonie Cooper
|North East||Sem Moema
|Nancy Taaffe (TUSC)|
|South West||Candice Atterton
|Sylvia Da Barca|
(Let London Live)
|West Central||Rita Begum
|Heiko Bernard Khoo|
(Let London Live)
|Source: London Elects|
- New candidate for incumbent party
- Also a candidate for the London-wide list
- Incumbent seeking re-election
London-wide list candidates
† Also standing as mayoral candidate
|2021 London Assembly election (London-wide)|
|Labour||Elly Baker (98,661), Sakina Sheikh (89,692),
Murad Qureshi (82,217), Emine Ibrahim, Faduma Hassan, Sophie Charman-Blower, Bob Littlewood, Miriam Mirwitch, Shahina Jaffer, Taranjit Chana, James Beckles
|Conservative||Shaun Bailey† (132,514), Andrew Boff (113,583), Susan Hall (99,385), Emma Best (88,342),
Selina Seesunkur (79,508), Toby Williams, Ahmereen Reza, Timothy Briggs, Simon Hoar, John Riley, Julian Gallant, George Currie
|Green||Siân Berry† (305,452), Caroline Russell (152,726), Zack Polanski (101,817),
Benali Hamdache (76,363), Shahrar Ali, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Ben Fletcher, Hannah Graham, Peter Underwood, Kirsten De Keyser, Jarelle Francis
|Liberal Democrats||Caroline Pidgeon (189,522), Hina Bokhari (94,761),
Robert Blackie (63,174), Chris Maines, Joyce Onstad, Irina von Wiese, Hussain Khan, Michael Bukola, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Adetokunbo Fatukasi, Charley Hasted
|Women's Equality||Harini Iyengar, Jacueline Dean, Tabitha Morton, Rebecca Manson-Jones, Nikki Uppal, Pamela Ritchie, Leila Fazal, Sarabajaya Kumar, Guilene Marcor, Sellisha Lockyer, Korina Holmes, Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu, Georgina Ladbury||55,684||2.2%||1.3%|
|Rejoin EU||Richard Hewison†, Deborah Iliffe, Charlotte Blake, John Stevens, Brendan Donnelly, Rory Fitzgerald, Benrd Rendic, Philipp Gnatzy, Karol Bobal, Raj Kumar, Javern Pond||49,389||1.9%||New|
|Animal Welfare||Vanessa Hudson†, Sam Morland, Alex Bourke, Femy Amin, Mark Scott, Julian Weisman||44,667||1.7%||0.7%|
|CPA||Maureen Maud Marin, Helen Spiby-Vann, Ashley Keith Dickenson, Carol Valinejad, Eunice Oruyinka Ade Odesanmi, Katherine Susan Hortense, Desmond Coke, Donald Akhigbe||28,878||1.1%||0.1%|
|UKIP||Peter Gammons†, Elizabeth Jones, Julie Carter, Stuart Freeman, Marjan Keqaj, Kakala Nyembwe, Ziz Kakoulakis, Geoffrey Courtenay, Anil Bhatti, Amir Latif, Simon Harman||27,114||1.0%||5.5%|
|Reform UK||Richard Tice, David Bull, Robert Poll, Dominique Day, Michael Pastor, Saradhi Rajan, Ian Price, Edward Apostolides, Mark Simpson, Michael Anthony, John Cronin||25,009||1.0%||New|
|London Real Party||Brian Rose†, Paul Frost, Kim Murray, Julian Bailes||18,395||0.7%||New|
|Let London Live||Piers Corbyn†, Heiko Khoo, Sylvia Da Barca, Julia Stephenson, Renos Samson||15,755||0.6%||New|
|Heritage||David Kurten†, Sean Finch, Lewis Glyn, Zachary Stiling, Barbara Ray, Dominic Stockford||13,534||0.5%||New|
|TUSC||Nancy Taaffe, April Ashley, Lewis Baker, Deji Olayinka, Andrew Walker, Thea Everett, Lawanya Ramajayam, Jack Jeffery, Marvin Hay, Len Hockey, Lois Austin, Bob Law, Ferdy Lyons, Rachel Lyon, Naomi Bryan, Pete Mason, Angharad Hillier, Hugo Pierre, Brian Debus, Mira Glavardanov, Niall Mulholland, John Viner, Wally Kennedy, Paul Kershaw, Paul Scott||9,004||0.3%||New|
|Communist||Robin Talbot, Judith Cazorla Rodenas, Philip Wedgwood Brand, Akira Allman, Lorraine Douglas, Stewart McGill, Lucian Branescu-Mihaila, Anita Halpin, Hannah Sawtwell||8,787||0.3%||New|
|SDP||Eric Siva-Jothy, Stephen Gardner, Matthew Beresford, Simon Marshall, Brilant Krasniqi, Seth Liebowitz, Tricia Bracher, Rosamund Hubley||7,782||0.3%||New|
|Londependence||Bella Roberts, Tom Foster, Daniel Jacobs, John Halnan||5,746||0.2%||New|
|National Liberal||Upkar Rai, Arunasalam Rajalingam, Faisal Maramazi, Araz Yurdseven, Ponniah Yogaraja||2,860||0.1%||New|
Assembly members not standing for re-election
- Jennette Arnold, Chair of the London Assembly and Labour member for North East London.
- Gareth Bacon, former Leader of the London Conservatives on the Assembly and the member for Bexley and Bromley, was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Orpington at the 2019 general election.
- Tom Copley, Labour Assembly Member London-wide, was appointed Deputy Mayor of London for Housing.
- Andrew Dismore, Labour's Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden.
- Florence Eshalomi, Labour's Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Vauxhall in 2019.
- Navin Shah, Labour's Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow.
- Tony Arbour, Conservative Assembly Member for the South West constituency
- Steve O'Connell, Conservative Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton constituency
- Alison Moore, Labour Assembly Member for London at-large
- Peter Whittle, Brexit Alliance Assembly Member for London at-large
|YouGov||N/A||2–4 May 2021||1,141||43%||30%||13%||9%||13%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||29 Mar – 1 Apr 2021||1,192||46%||29%||8%||12%||17%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||16–19 Nov 2020||1,192||50%||30%||9%||8%||20%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||2–6 Mar 2020||1,002||47%||31%||9%||11%||–||16%|
|2016 Assembly election||5 May 2016||—||43.5%||31.1%||9.1%||7.5%||8.8%||12.4%|
London wide vote
|YouGov||N/A||2–4 May 2021||1,141||41%||31%||15%||8%||10%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||29 Mar – 1 Apr 2021||1,192||44%||29%||11%||11%||15%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||16–19 Nov 2020||1,192||49%||29%||10%||7%||17%|
|YouGov||Queen Mary University of London||2–6 Mar 2020||1,002||45%||29%||12%||10%||–||16%|
|2016 Assembly election||5 May 2016||—||40.3%||29.2%||8.0%||6.3%||16.2%||11.1%|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||28,878||1.12||0||0||0|
|UK Independence Party||27,114||1.05||0||0||−2|
|Let London Live||6,834||0.26||0||15,755||0.61||0||0||New|
|Communist Party of Britain||8,787||0.34||0||0||New|
|Source: London Elects|
The largest vote increase was by the Greens, up 3.8% in the regional vote and gaining 1 seat, while the largest fall was by UKIP, down 5.4% in the regional vote and losing both their seats.
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