It’s on the tin

Other candidates are available, but (as you’d expect) this is the one I’ll be voting for come May.

Vote Ken

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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8 Responses to It’s on the tin

  1. Video has been removed! But is that an official campaign logo. Very strange.

  2. Andrew Brown says:

    Changed to get a better still I’d guess. Anyway I’ve now put the current/new youtube url in and it should work again.

    It’s one of many.

  3. Lone Ranger says:

    “Changed to get a better still I’d guess.”

    Hope you’re not suggesting they want to see the back of him?

    What does the London Assembly do, other than talk?

    Also there are some candidates standing to represent an area of London and London as a whole. How does that work, operate?

  4. ross says:

    glorified talking shop with no real powers to do do anything of substance, it’s served as a useful stepping stone in terms of people’s political careers however, with many assembly members going on to become MP’s or candidates

    it’s made up of 25 members in total, 14 of these are elected on a regional basis (regions being made up of a handful of boroughs) in the way that you would normally elect your local MP, and the remaining 11 are elected on a london wide basis based on party lists

    so london voters have 3 votes on may 1st

    1 for the mayor

    1 for their regional LA representative, and

    1 for their london wide LA representative (voted for on a party basis)

  5. Andrew Brown says:

    glorified talking shop

    Or alternatively the usual check and balance to the executive mayor.

    Like the system in Lewisham it’s the Assembly/Council that pass the budget – which, as here, usually involves accepting amendments by the Green AMs in order to get it through.

    I’m trying to think who’s gone on from the GLA to become an MP but I’ve clearly not been keeping up as I can’t remember anyone doing so. Yes, Darren Johnson’s stood for Parliament (and probably will again) but with respect to him and his colleagues he didn’t stand a very good chance of winning.

  6. ross says:

    they’ve no real powers to do anything other than question or tinker with mayoral policy, so not sure what kind of powers in relation to checks & balances they actually have, the house of lords probably has far more in terms of powers in relation to checks & balances than the LA has, which leaves the characterisation of the LA as a talking shop intact

    David Lammy, Meg Hillier and Diana Johnson for Labour; Andrew Pelling and Bob Neill for the Conservatives; and Lynne Featherstone for the Liberal Democrats have all went on to become MP’s with raft of others who have stood and failed or will stand in the future

  7. Lone Ranger says:

    What I’m not clear on is if a candiate stands for both an area and London wide and wins both do they take both positions?

    Does the London Mayor have a cabinet made up from assembly members?

    Re accountabilty, when Ken was recently being questioned by the Assembly didn’t he say “I don’t have to be here” ? So is he merely invited to Assembly meetings and could opt not to attend?

    Is that the situation with the Mayor in Lewisham attending full council meetings?

  8. Ross says:

    I don’t think a candidate can stand in both parts, you either stand for election for a region, or stand on the party list for the london wide stuff, but not both (i think) – although you can be both an MP and a london assembly member

    As far as i’m aware ken is the only person on his GLA ‘executive’ who needs to be actually elected (although not sure what the deputy mayor counts as or what powers they have)

    like the US presidential system, he can appoint who he wants as his key GLA advisors/directors, which mean we get the bunch of muppets formerly, or currently but secretly, still known as socialist action, along with idiots like lee jasper who all enjoy six figure salaries for doing whatever it is they actually do whilst being totally unaccountable to those that they do it on behalf off. None of these high paid positions are advertised or open for anyone other than ken’s annointed to apply for either

    It’s all fairly lame, the accountablily process – they can ask him to appear before him occasionally but he doesn’t have to or doesn’t have to listen to what they say – power , like that in westiminster, is very much concentrated in the executive (although at least in westminster all those wielding it are actually elected, unlike the GLA or indeed the US govt)

    personally i’m in favour of more powers being transferred to the elected members and those members in turn being subject to a recall vote if a sufficiently large enough proportion of the electorate demanded it

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