Our London 2021 election objectives are shared with our overall party objectives that have been developed over the years:
- 2015 - WE launched a crowdsourced policy document covering six key policy areas.
- 2016 - Our members voted to add a seventh policy area - Equality in Health. This was developed by experts, crowdsourced with members and supporters, then launched and agreed by our members at our second conference in 2018.
- 2017 - WE stood in the General Election and wrote a fully-costed, groundbreaking manifesto.
- 2019 - WE stood in the European Parliament for the London list and launched another manifesto. WE also stood in the General elections and presented our policies with a 'please steal me' label to the other political parties in the race because we believe they should be shared.
We have an elected Policy Committee in place to develop and implement our policies in each of the areas, and a dedicated policy team for Scotland. They regularly hold online meetings for members to update them on the policy area and invite you to get involved in activism. Become a member today to make sure you are included.
In 2021, WE will be launching various campaigns for the London elections based on a few of our objectives. This will ensure our objectives gain equal traction when pushed to the top of the political agenda.
For campaign updates, sign up to our mailing list here.
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!
Join our GLA Election volunteer team today!
WE are proud to have 26 candidates standing in the 2021 GLA elections. You can help us win our first seat on the Greater London Assembly.
If you can give just a few hours, you can make a huge difference to our campaign.
This election is a huge opportunity for us to win a seat on the body that holds one of the most powerful politicians in the country to account - the Mayor of London.
There are so many great ways to get involved with our GLA election campaign. Tick any boxes you'd like to volunteer for. With your help, we can reach voters throughout London and win our first seat on the GLA!
Become a volunteer
Donate to our GLA Election 2021 Campaign
WE can win in London 2021.
We don’t have to imagine if London was the first gender equal city. We can make it happen.
The GLA Election is our opportunity to push gender equality to the top of the political agenda. WE have a collection of incredible candidates representing the Women's Equality Party and our campaign needs your support.
Your donation will help build an election fighting fund for the GLA Election in 2021. Your money will go towards supporting candidates with leaflets, advertising, staff-time and childcare enabling our campaign to change the political landscape and show that equality can be a reality. For London. For everyone.
Thank you for helping us to win in 2021.Donate
We are proud to present...
Our GLA candidates for the London Assembly elections 2021
Our list candidates have been selected by London members in an electronic ballot. Our Mayoral Candidate, Mandu Reid, was selected on her past experience as the Women's Equality Party leader.
To learn more about the role of the GLA, please click here.
For information regarding each of our fantastic candidates inspiring and diverse backgrounds, and to find their donation pages, please click through to their profiles below.