A member of the Green Assembly left the City Hall three days after being re-elected

Sian Berry’s move allows the party’s mayoral candidate to take his seat in the London Assembly, reports Noah Vickers, reporter for Local Democracy

Zoe Garbett outside City Hall (credit Noah Vickers/LDRS) and (inset) Sian Berry
Zoe Garbett outside City Hall (credit Noah Vickers/LDRS) and (inset) Sian Berry

Former Green Party co-leader Sian Berry has resigned from his role in the London Assembly, just three days after winning re-election.

Her departure from City Hall means the party’s mayoral candidate Zoe Garbett will take her place, without the need for a by-election.

Berry is running to replace Caroline Lucas as Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, although she previously told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that she would “continue to represent the people of London” until the general election – and would only stand down if she became an MP successfully. .

Commenting today (Tuesday 7), she said: “Zoë has shown how much of a difference she will make at City Hall by listening to Londoners and bringing their voices to the political debate.

“That’s why he needs to be in this job as soon as possible. She is already a brilliant councilor and will be a brilliant assembly member for Londoners.”

Berry has served in the Assembly since 2016 and was the Greens’ mayoral candidate in 2008, 2016 and 2021.

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Like her fellow Greens, she was re-elected to City Hall on Saturday as a London-wide assembly member as part of a list of candidates drawn up by the party.

The Greens received 11.6% of the vote on that ballot, which was just enough for the top three candidates to be elected as members of the assembly. Garbett ranked fourth on the list, meaning he narrowly missed out on joining them.

But Berry’s resignation means Garbett is automatically allowed to take his place, with no by-election required.

The same procedure has been used in the past when assembly members such as David Lammy and Kemi Badenoch – both now senior MPs – decided to leave the assembly mid-term as they won seats in parliament.

Garbett said: “I am delighted to be joining the assembly and getting to work for Londoners. There is so much to do to improve our quality of life in London, to support people on the fringes and to hold the Mayor to account.”

As a mayoral candidate, Garbett received 5.8 percent of the vote last week. After coming third in the last three mayoral elections, the Green Party slipped to fourth last week, coming behind the Liberal Democrats with only 70 votes.

Labour’s Sadiq Khan was re-elected with 43.8% of the vote, while his Conservative rival Susan Hall took 32.7%.

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