What is the GLA?
The Greater London Assembly (GLA) is the only London-wide representative body which is democratically elected every four years exclusively by London residents. It is made up of 14 representatives from ‘super constituencies’ each made up of two or three existing London boroughs; 11 party representatives and the London Mayor.
It’s main function is to provide strategic input and direction in a number of key areas that impact on the quality of life and opportunities for Londoners beyond those that are within the control of the 20 London boroughs whilst assisting the Mayor’s decisions and activities.
What does Share Your Vote mean?
Given the different voting system used by the GLA election in comparison to the general elections, you have multiple votes. Sharing your vote on the orange ballot paper with the Women's Equality Party means we can win in this election.
In 2016 we achieved 3.5% of the total London vote for the WEP party list with a short, limited and under-resourced campaign - so it is totally within our sights. All we have to do is increase that to 5% of the overall vote and we will be guaranteed a seat since this is the threshold level for being represented on the assembly.
As a full time working member of the GLA – with a salary of £56,000 - our representative on the GLA would be able to hold the Mayor to account on behalf of all women in London by scrutinising all plans and policies developed from this perspective and speaking up in debates. This would be a powerful first step in making London a more gender equal city and making sure that the needs of the most vulnerable groups are not overlooked. They would also be able to work with other members and the Mayor on specific strategic initiatives to improve opportunities, address inequalities and drive innovative initiatives to create awareness and action in the area of gender inequality.
What is the GLA voting system?
You are given three ballot papers:
Orange - London-Wide Assembly Member. One vote.
Yellow - Consistency London Member. One vote.
Pink - Mayor. Two votes - first choice in column A, and second choice in column B.
How are the votes counted?
Please click here to learn more about how each of the three elections above are counted.
The London-Wide Assembly Member vote is counted using proportional representation giving The Women's Equality Party a good opportunity to elect a candidate into the GLA.
When is the GLA election?
How can you get involved?
Over the course of the next few months, we are looking for volunteers to help with events, canvassing, fundraising, street stalls and much more. Any donations will also be used to fund each of these aspects furthering our campaign for equality in London. Take a look at the below to sign up, donate or join the party now!