Standing for Mayor of London

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London Elects will be managing the nomination process for the Mayoral contest on behalf of the Greater London Returning Officer ( GLRO ).


Nominations open on 18 March 2008 but candidate packs are available now.


If you are interested in putting yourself forward as a candidate for Mayor of London, contact London Elects to request a nomination pack.

Nomination criteria

To stand as a candidate in the Mayoral elections you must meet certain criteria. You must be 18 years old or over when nominations open on 18 March 2008, and a citizen of the UK, European Union or Commonwealth.


You must also be registered to vote in London or have lived, worked, rented or owned property in London for the last 12 months.


How to apply

If you decide to stand as a candidate for Mayor of London and you meet the criteria, you have to complete a nomination form and a signed and witnessed ‘Consent to Nomination’ form. Both can be obtained from the GLRO by contacting London Elects.


As well as the forms, you need to get 330 signatures from people on the electoral register supporting your nomination: 10 from each London borough and from the City of London. You will also have to pay a deposit of £10,000, which is returned if you get more than 5% of first choice votes in the election.


If you are standing as a candidate for a registered political party, you must have a certificate from the party. If you want to use the party’s emblem on the ballot paper you must submit a signed request. A candidate not standing for a registered political party can either use the description ‘Independent’ or have no description.


You must submit the forms, deposit and signatures to the GLRO between 18 March 2008 – when the Notice of Election is published – and 12pm on 28 March 2008, when nominations close.


Nomination packs and guidance are available from London Elects now.


Mayoral address booklet

Candidates can have an "address" – or mini-manifesto – published in the Mayoral Address Booklet, which is sent to all registered voters in London before election day. If, as a candidate, you would like to be included in the booklet, you have to contribute £10,000 towards the cost of printing and distributing the booklet. This is non-refundable.


Candidates' expenditure

Candidates are limited to spending no more than £420,000 on their election campaigns. This covers:

  • Party political broadcasts
  • Advertising
  • Unsolicited material distributed to voters
  • Party manifestos
  • Market research
  • Press conferences and media
  • Transport during the campaign
  • Rallies and other events


Expenses are counted from the 18 March 2008 and candidates must submit their expenses to the Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO) no later than 70 days after the result of the election has been declared.


More details

You can find full details on the necessary qualifications for standing as Mayor of London in section 20 of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Act 1999. More details about candidates' expenditure are in the Representation of the People Act 1983, as amended by the Electoral Administration Act 2006.



Can I stand?

  • 18 years or older
  • Citizen of the UK, European Union or Commonwealth
  • Either:
  • Registered to vote in London, or
  • Have lived, worked, rented or owned property in London for the last 12 months


Nomination checklist

  • Nomination form
  • Consent to nomination form
  • 330 signatures from London electorate - 10 from each borough
  • £10,000 deposit


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London Election on 1 May 2008