As well as elections for the mayor of London there are also elections for the London assembly, where the Greens are making a considerable impact as we have over the past eight years. Ken Livingstone has acknowledged that Green assembly members have been the driving force behind many of his initiatives on sustainable transport, and he has relied on negotiating with the Greens to get his annual budget through each year.
So while it is right to pay attention to what sort of mayor we want, we also need to look at what sort of London assembly we want, too. Boris Johnson would be a disaster for London. But Livingstone, without a strong Green presence on the assembly, would be a lame-duck unable to get his budget through, and lacking the ideas and momentum that has seen London beginning to take a lead on environmental and social justice.
Green party member of the London assembly