In the May 2012 London Elections, the Greens become a top-three party as Green Candidate Jenny Jones polled third in Mayoral race, overtaking the Liberal Democrats.
On the London Assembly, the Greens received 189,215 votes compared to the Liberal Democrats on 150,447, returning Greens Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson to the London Assembly.
The Greens also finished in the top three in constituency elections in Barnet and Camden, City and East, Greenwich and Lewisham, North East and South West.
Jenny Jones AM said: "This is a wonderful day for Green politics. The almost exclusive focus on the two frontrunners in the Mayoral election meant that any other result was very unlikely, but our resolutely positive campaign has stuck to the issues affecting Londoners and the policies to address them. More and more Londoners are realising that social and environmental justice are tied together inseparably, and with Assembly members the Greens can help ensure that the Mayor is held to account on his promises and that City Hall can help create a city more equal, affordable, healthy, and safe for everyone."
The 25 Assembly Members hold the Mayor to account by examining their decisions and actions to ensure they deliver on their promises to Londoners. They act as the eyes and ears of Londoners at City Hall. Assembly Members also champion Londoners’ concerns by investigating important issues and pressing for changes to national, mayoral or local policy.
There are many areas of London life that are affected by the work of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, such as policing, transport, housing, planning and the environment. The Mayor plays a key role by putting together plans and policies to improve the city and benefit Londoners. Before finalising any of his or her strategies however the Mayor must consult with Londoners and their elected representatives on the London Assembly.
"I want to thank everyone for voting Green and helping to ensure our successes in whatever capacity you were able to help. By becoming London's third party, we have changed the politics of the capital for the better." Darren Johnson, AM
Find out more about Jenny and Darren on our Elected Greens page.