Tony Arbour elected as new Chairman of The London Assembly

“Londoners have done their bit, now we will endeavour to do ours,” said Mr Arbour.

Committees and their memberships and Chairs’ for the new London Assembly have been announced.

All 25 Assembly Members were present this morning to vote for new leadership at the annual meeting, the first following the elections.

The Greater London Returning Officer, Jeff Jacobs, was back again after officially announcing all of the election results last week to listen to nominations from fellow Assembly Members.

After a speech of thanks from former chair Jennette Arnold OBE AM, new London Assembly Members and returning members including Caroline Pidgeon put forward their nominations.

The new Chairman of the London Assembly has been confirmed as Tony Arbour AM and the new Deputy Chair is Jennette Arnold OBE AM.

Mr Arbour, new Chairman of the London Assembly, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jennette Arnold OBE AM for her hard work and dedication as Chair of the Assembly over the past year and I welcome her expertise as she assumes the role of Deputy Chair.”

The role of the Assembly is to act as a check and balance on the activities of the Mayor of London.

London has one Mayor and 25 Assembly Members and this election saw high voter turnout.

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Ready for action: The new London Assembly members

Former Richmond Council leader, Mr Arbour is a Richmond Councillor for the Hampton Wick Ward.

First elected in 1971 as a councillor, he is also currently the cabinet member for community safety and is keen to improve the safety and environment of the borough along with improving access to the river.

“We will continue to publicly question the Mayor and those appointed by him to run the capital to ensure Londoners’ voices are heard now the campaigning is over and the real work begins,” said Mr Arbour.

The meeting also agreed the membership and Chairs of a range of Committees to lead investigations into issues ranging from housing in the capital to tackling air quality.

Featured picture courtesy of the London Assembly, with thanks.

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