Electoral Reform Bill 2016

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0294
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What do you think of Ranil Jayawardena MP's Electoral Reform Bill 2016 to scrap the proportional "additional member system" in the elected assembly, which holds the Mayor of London to account, and revert its elections to the non-proportional First Past the Post (FPTP) system?

Answer

Answer for Electoral Reform Bill 2016

Answer for Electoral Reform Bill 2016

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like all electoral systems, the additional member system (AMS) has its strengths and weaknesses. 

The formula by which the 11 London-wide Assembly Members are elected does introduce an element of complexity.  But AMS has the advantage of making the Assembly more proportional while maintaining a direct, area-specific link between Londoners and the Assembly through the 14 Constituency Members.

The Assembly voting system was part of the proposals Londoners voted on in the 1998 GLA Referendum and it is my view that changing it is not top of their current concerns or priorities.

In short, I see no compelling reason to change the London Assembly voting system at this time.