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The Mayor of London is an elected politician who, along with the London Assembly of 25 members, is accountable for the strategic government of Greater London (see Greater London Authority).

The role, created in 2000 after the London devolution referendum, was the first directly-elected mayor in the United Kingdom. The Mayor of London is also referred to as the London Mayor, a form which helps to avoid confusion with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the ancient and now mainly ceremonial role in the geographically small City of London. The Mayor of London is mayor of Greater London which has a population of over 7.5 million.

ElectionsEdit

The Mayor of London is elected by Supplementary Vote for a fixed term of four years, with elections taking place in May. As with most elected posts in the UK, there is a deposit, in this case of £10,000, returnable on the candidate's winning at least 5% of the first-choice votes cast.

List of MayorsEdit

InitiativesEdit

Initiatives taken by Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London included the London congestion charge on private vehicles using city centre London on weekdays, the creation of the London Climate Change Agency, the London Energy Partnership and the founding of the international Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, now known as C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The Congestion charge led to many new buses being introduced across London.

They have also included the London Partnerships Register which was a voluntary scheme without legal force for same-sex couples to register their partnership, and paved the way for the introduction by the United Kingdom Parliament of civil partnerships. Unlike civil partnerships, the London Partnerships Register was open to heterosexual couples who favour a public commitment other than marriage.

As Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone was also a key player and supporter of the London Olympics in 2012, and is known to always encourage sport in London; especially when sport can be combined with helping UK charities-like The London Marathon and British 10K charity races. In the summer of 2007 he brought the World famous Tour de France cycle race to London.

In May 2008, Boris Johnson introduced a new transport safety initiative to put 440 high-visibility police officers on bus hubs and the immediate vicinity. A ban on alcohol on Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway, and tram services and stations across the capital was announced.

Also in May 2008, Boris Johnson announced the closure of The Londoner newspaper, saving approximately £2.9 million. A percentage of this saving was to be spent on planting 10,000 new street trees.

Boris Johnson also initiated the rent-a-bike scheme, in conjunction with Barclays Bank as sponsors - the bikes are colloquially known as 'Boris Bikes.'

SalaryEdit

The Mayor of London's salary is one that ranks alongside that of a government cabinet minister's. The current salary is £137,579 per year.

Lists of London Mayors
Lord Mayors of London Mayors of London
Mayors of Metropolitan Boroughs 1900-1965

Battersea
Bermondsey
Bethnal Green
Camberwell
Chelsea
Deptford
Finsbury

Fulham
Greenwich
Hackney
Hammersmith
Hampstead
Holborn
Islington

Kensington
Lambeth
Lewisham
Paddington
Poplar
St. Marylebone
St. Pancras
Shoreditch
Southwark
Stepney
Stoke Newington
Wandsworth
Westminster
Woolwich
Mayors of Municipal and County Boroughs before 1965
Acton

Barking
Barnes
Beckenham
Beddington and Wallington
Bexley
Brentford and Chiswick
Bromley
Chingford
Croydon

Dagenham
Ealing
East Ham
Edmonton
Enfield
Erith
Finchley
Harrow
Hendon
Heston and Isleworth
Hornsey
Ilford
Kingston-upon-Thames
Leyton
Malden and Coombe
Mitcham
Richmond
Romford
Southall
Southgate
Surbiton
Sutton and Cheam
Tottenham
Twickenham
Uxbridge
Walthamstow
Wanstead and Woodford
Wembley
West Ham
Willesden
Wimbledon
Wood Green

Mayors of London Boroughs from 1965
Barking and Dagenham
Barnet
Bexley
Brent
Bromley
Camden
Croydon
Ealing
Enfield
Greenwich
Hackney
Hammersmith and Fulham
Haringey
Harrow
Havering
Hillingdon
Hounslow
Islington
Kensington and Chelsea
Kingston upon Thames
Lambeth
Lewisham
Merton
Newham
Redbridge
Richmond upon Thames
Southwark
Sutton
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
Wandsworth
Westminster

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