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The Deputy Mayor of London is a member of the London Assembly appointed by the Mayor of London in accordance with the Greater London Authority Act 1999. No particular duties are specified by the Act, except to be available as temporary Mayor during a vacancy or temporary incapacity of the Mayor. The Deputy Mayor's salary in 2007-08 is £90,954.
Under Ken Livingstone: 2000–2008
The 2000 London mayoral election was won by Ken Livingstone, who ran as an independent after being expelled from the Labour Party. He announced that he would rotate the position of deputy mayor equally between the four parties represented in the London Assembly (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green). He offered the role to Nicky Gavron of the Labour Party for the first year. After some political manoeuvring[further explanation needed], she accepted.
However in 2001, Ken Livingstone decided not to offer the role to the Conservatives, claiming it would be disruptive, so Nicky Gavron retained the post. In 2002 the Liberal Democrats were asked to nominate a candidate but declined, saying that it would be better to scrutinise the mayor from an independent position. Again Nicky Gavron remained. In 2003, the Greens accepted an offer to nominate a deputy mayor and selected Jenny Jones, who became London's second deputy mayor.
Nicky Gavron was originally chosen as the Labour candidate for the 2004 London mayoral election but she stepped aside when Ken Livingstone was invited to rejoin the party. They then ran on a joint ticket as Labour's candidates for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor. She served as Ken Livingstone's deputy for the duration of his second term.
Under Boris Johnson: 2008–
After Boris Johnson became Mayor in May 2008, he appointed Richard Barnes as his "statutory" Deputy Mayor, with the specific responsibility for community cohesion and regeneration. However, he also gave the title of Deputy Mayor to several other people, each with a specific role: Ian Clement (Government Relations); Kit Malthouse (Policing); and Ray Lewis (Young People).
List of Deputy Mayors
(for political parties)
Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party Nicky Gavron 16 May 2000 May 2003 Labour Jenny Jones May 2003 14 June 2004 Green Nicky Gavron 14 June 2004 May 2008 Labour Richard Barnes 6 May 2008 Incumbent Conservative
- ^ Greater London Authority Act 1999, Section 49 - The Deputy Mayor
- ^ Greater London Authority Act 1999, Schedule 4 - Exercise of functions during vacancy or temporary incapacity of Mayor
- ^ GLA Budget 2008/09
- ^ "Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London". http://www.RichardBarnes.co.uk.
- ^ "Boris Johnson announces further senior appointments to his administration". london.gov.uk. 2008-05-06. http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=16774. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
Appointment of Deputy Mayors
- Guardian article about the Greens selecting Jenny Jones to be deputy mayor in 2003 (also includes background on Ken Livingstone's deputy mayor rotation system)
- BBC News article about Nicky Gavron being appointed deputy mayor in 2000
- Newspaper column by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Lynne Featherstone that includes an explanation of why her party turned down the deputy mayor post
Delegation of Executive Powers Controversy
Deputy Mayors of London
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