The 25 member London Assembly is elected to hold the Mayor to account for the decisions made, and to examine his or her policies. The Assembly also has a vital role in scrutinizing the Mayor’s annual budget, and amending it where necessary. The Assembly conducts its work by directly questioning the work of the Mayor, for example at the ten Mayor’s Question Time meetings held throughout the year. The Assembly also holds regular Plenary meetings where the GLA’s functional bodies are held to account, and has a mandate to investigate issues of importance to London’s citizens. Given the Assembly’s powers, and its responsibility to hold the Mayor to account on the behalf of London’s citizens, the election of the Assembly is almost as important as that of the Mayor.
- The London Assembly – http://www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/the-london-assembly/about-london-assembly