Mayor of London
The mayor of London is the head of the executive of the Greater London Authority. The role was created in 2000 after the London devolution referendum in 1998, and was the first directly elected mayor in the United Kingdom.
|Style||No courtesy or style ascribed|
|Reports to||London Assembly|
|Seat||City Hall, London|
|Appointer||Electorate of London|
|Term length||Four years, renewable|
|Constituting instrument||Greater London Authority Act 1999, s 2(1)(a)|
|Inaugural holder||Ken Livingstone|
|Deputy||Statutory Deputy Mayor of London|
The current mayor is Sadiq Khan, who took office on 9 May 2016. The position was held by Ken Livingstone from the creation of the role on 4 May 2000 until he was defeated in May 2008 by Boris Johnson, who then also served two terms before being succeeded by Khan.
The mayor is scrutinised by the London Assembly and, supported by their Mayoral Cabinet, directs the entirety of London, including the City of London (for which there is also the ceremonial lord mayor of the City of London). Each London Borough also has a ceremonial mayor or, in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets, an elected mayor.