Elections postponed – the right decision

The decision to postpone the elections due to the Coronavirus crisis is the right one. I hope they will be held as soon as practicable, and meanwhile all of us on the Assembly will continue our work and focus on taking care of Londoners.

The campaign for a Green Mayor and more Assembly Members will continue in good time.

There is so much good work that new Greens could be doing in City Hall and across the country so it I think it is important that democracy is not delayed any longer than absolutely necessary and, if we can go ahead sooner, we should.

The local elections across England have also been postponed, and my co-leader in the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, has said:

“The health and welfare of our members, activists and the wider community absolutely must be top priority. So despite being on course to make significant gains in May off the back of our 60 per cent increase in vote share at the General Election in December, we are supportive of a postponement.

“The situation with Covid-19 is changing all the time and we hope that if this health crisis allows, the elections can happen sooner than May next year. We wouldn’t like to see an arbitrary delay followed through without good reason.”