Greater London Authority (GLA)
The GLA is the strategic citywide government for London. It is made up of a directly elected Mayor - the Mayor of London - and a separately elected Assembly - the London Assembly.
The GLA has responsibilities in the following areas: transport, planning, economic development and regeneration, the environment, police, fire and emergency planning, and culture.
It was set up under the Greater London Authority Act 1999.
The Mayor of London
The Mayor sets out plans and policies for London covering transport, buildings and land use, economic development and regeneration, culture, and a range of environmental issues including biodiversity, ambient noise, waste disposal and air quality.
The Mayor also directs the GLA and sets budgets for the GLA, Transport for London, the London Development Agency, the Metropolitan Police and London's fire services.
The Mayor of London - Boris Johnson (Conservative Party)
The London Assembly
The Assembly scrutinises the Mayor's activities, questioning the Mayor about his or her decisions. The Assembly is also able to investigate other issues of importance to Londoners, publish its findings and recommendations, and make proposals to the Mayor.
The London Assembly is elected at the same time as the Mayor and comprises 25 elected members. Of these, 11 are elected on a London wide basis and 14 are elected as Constituency Assembly members, each representing a separate area of London (each constituency is made up of two or three complete London boroughs). For full results of the May 2008 election please visit the Londonelects website: http://www.londonelects.org.uk/
Who is my GLA representative?
The GLA representative for the South West London constituency (covering the Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames and Hounslow) is Tony Arbour.
Tony Arbour JP (Conservative Party)
Contact Tony Arbour JP
Greater London Authority
The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2AA
Telephone: (direct line to PA) 020 7983 4116
Fax: 020 7983 4419
GLA Main Switchboard: 020 7983 4000
Constituency office telephone: 020 8977 2147
More details can be found on the London Assembly Members page (london.gov.uk)
Elections for the Mayor of London and local London Assembly Member take place every four years; the next will be in 2012.
In order to vote in the GLA Elections you must ensure that you are on the electoral register.
The last elections were in 2008. Follow this link to see the 2008 Mayoral election results.
Follow this link to see the 2008 Regional Assembly results.
People's Question Time - Your chance to question the Mayor and the London Assembly
People's Question Time happens twice a year and gives Londoners the chance to ask Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and the London Assembly about their plans, priorities and policies for London.
You can also suggest a question for a London Assembly Member to ask the Mayor at one of the ten Mayor's Question Times a year.