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WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE LONDON ASSEMBLY

Although the CAWP Observatory does not list members of other English city councils, the London Assembly is included as it represents a population not only larger than that of any other council but even the three devolved assemblies. The London Assembly is made up of 25 members elected using the Additional Member System. Fourteen members represent constituencies, with a further 11 members elected from a party list to make the total members from each party proportional to the votes cast for that party across the whole city. Women's representation in the 2008 Assembly has decreased by 2 members or 8%. Labour female representation has decreased by 7% while the Conservative female representation stands at just 9%, a decrease of 13% since the 2004 elections. The Liberal Democrats have increased their female representation while the Green Party remains at 50%. The overall decrease may in part be due to the retirement of three members: Angie Bray, Elizabeth Howlett and Baroness Hamwee. Former members are shown here. Click here to print this page.

Table 1: Women members of the London Assembly (as at October 2010)

Name

Party

Constituency

Elected
Joanne McCartney Labour Enfield & Haringey
2004

Nicky Gavron

Labour

List Member

2000

Valerie Shawcross

Labour

Lambeth & Southwark

2000

Jennette Arnold

Labour

North East

2000

Dee Doocey

Liberal

List Member

2004

Jennifer Jones

Green

List Member

2000

Victoria Borwick

Conservative

List Member

2008

Caroline Pidgeon

Liberal

List Member

2008

Table 2: Gender breakdown of London Assembly, 2008

Party
Women
Men
% women

Labour

4

4

50

Conservative

1

10

9

Liberal Democrat

2

1

66

Green

1

1

50

BNP

0

1

0

Total

8..

17.

32


Table 3: Former women members of the Greater London Assembly

Name

Party

Constituency

Dates

Meg Hillier

Labour

North East

2000-04

Samantha Heath

Labour

List Member

2000-04

Angie Bray

Conservative

West Central

2000-08

Elizabeth Howlett

Conservative

Merton & Wandsworth

2000-08

Baroness Hamwee

Liberal Democrat

List Member

2000-08

Lynne Featherstone

Liberal Democrat

List Member

2000-05

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