Is Supplementary Voting Still Used in London Mayoral Elections?

Supplementary Voting (SV) was a system used to elect mayors and police and crime commissioners in the United Kingdom, with the Mayor of London being elected through this method. Voters were asked to select a first and second option when they cast their ballot. However, the United Kingdom's Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has recently declared her intention to switch all future mayoral elections in England from the current supplementary voting system to the voting system used for seats in the House of Commons elections. Those temporarily out of London at the time of the election, such as those working, on vacation, in student accommodation, or in a hospital, were also eligible to vote in mayoral elections.

The highest number of votes in the London region was obtained by three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), with 27%, which was the best result in the party's history. As for housing, it was proposed to create a company owned by the Greater London Authority called Housing for London to build houses. Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics suggested that this change could open up a potential path to victory for conservatives in cities like London. The Conservative Party failed to get a single MEP elected in London for the first time in its history.

Despite the dominance of the Labor Party in London, there are indications that the conservative decline in the capital, which had lasted decades, could have stopped or reversed. The election was held concurrently with other local elections in England and Wales, and decentralized elections in Scotland and Wales. Nearly 5% of votes cast in this year's London mayoral elections were rejected, mainly because voters had voted for too many candidates. To learn more about the London Mayor's and London Assembly elections, visit the Election Commission website.