The history of London Assembly Greens

The Green Party has been representing Londoners in the London Assembly since it was set-up in 2000.

In May 2016 Sian Berry and Caroline Russell were elected as new Green London Assembly Members.

Read more about the results of the election

Read about what Caroline and Sian have done in their first 100 days in City Hall

Find out more about them on their Assembly webpages:

Read about sixteen years of incredible achievements by Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson here

Past Assembly Members:


Jenny JonesJenny Jones 2000-2016

Baroness Jenny Jones AM – Green Party London Assembly Member

Darren JohnsonDarren Johnson 2000-2016

Darren Johnson AM – Green Party London Assembly Member

Both Darren and Jenny decided, following their 16 year service, not to restand for the Assembly in May 2016. Read more here.

Sixteen years of Greens on the London Assembly

We have made London a more equal, healthy and affordable city since the Assembly was created in 2000.

2000 Civil Partnerships

At the first ever Mayor’s Question Time Darren called on the Mayor to introduce a registration scheme for same-sex partners.

What happened next? A successful scheme was introduced, paving the way for civil partnerships legislation at national level.

2001 Thames Gateway Bridge

Greens began campaigning against plans for a new six-lane road bridge. As a price for supporting the 2005 budget the Greens called for the mayor to fund the objectors in order that the environmental case could be properly presented at the public inquiry.

What happened next? The public inquiry failed to give the go ahead for the bridge and the new Mayor Boris Johnson then abandoned it altogether.

2002 Cycling budget

Green stopped the £5m budget for cycling being cut by TfL, increased it in all subsequent years, and won Assembly support to spend at least 2%/year.

What happened next? TfL (and boroughs with TfL money) have spent more than £480m since then, and are currently budgeting at least £100m/year.

2003 Climate change budget

Greens criticized Ken Livingstone’s budget for devoting just £300k per year to making London’s homes and buildings greener, and saved the entire programme from the axe during the budget process in 2011.

What happened next? The climate change budget rose to £26m/year at its peak, retrofitting more than 100,000 homes and approaching 100 public buildings.

2004 Living Wage

As part of a budget deal Greens called on the Mayor to establish a Living Wage unit to tackle poverty pay in the capital.

What happened next? The GLA and a growing number of public and private sector bodies now pay the London Living Wage as a minimum.

2005 Leaking water mains

An investigation led by Darren highlighted the fact that a third of London’s drinking water was lost through leaking mains pipes.

What happened next? Following pressure from the Assembly Thames Water began a major mains replacement programme.

2006 London Food

Jenny persuaded Mayor Livingstone to set-up a London Food Board with a strategy and delivery unit to improve access to local, healthy and sustainable food.

What happened next? Projects such as Capital Growth, supporting thousands of food growing spaces, and a business food waste reduction scheme.

2007 Cycling and walking

Jenny commissioned reports in 2005 and 2006 which led to TfL publishing plans in 2007 for legible London, cycle hire and cycling superhighways.

What happened next? Legible London maps, cycle hire and superhighways are all visible parts of London’s street network, and the standard of the superhighways is now finally improving following years of campaigning by us and cyclists.

2008 Opposing Heathrow expansion

Darren led the Environment Committee investigation into Heathrow expansion. The report showed that the economic benefits were exaggerated and the environmental impacts understated.

What happened next? In 2010 the Government abandoned Heathrow expansion, the Assembly’s all-party report playing an important role in the broad political consensus.

2009 Road safety

Jenny fought the closure of the Met’s Commercial Vehicle Education Unit, which instructs HGV drivers on road sharing and awareness of vulnerable road users.

What happened next? This unit was reinstated within the traffic police.

2010 Protecting small shops

For the Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee, Jenny led an investigation looking at what could be done to protect London’s small shops.

What happened next? Mayor Boris Johnson agreed to put policies for the protection of small shops in his new London Plan, the overall planning document for London.

2011 Pay inequality

Darren exposed the high levels of pay inequality within the GLA Group, particularly TfL. He secured the Assembly’s backing for greater transparency and an aim for the differential to be reduced to 10:1.

What happened next? The whole GLA Group adopted a fair pay policy and began to publish this and pay differentials on their web sites.

2012 Low emissions zones

Having raised air pollution since 2000 and pushed for the LEZ, Jenny lobbied the Mayor to review the congestion charge CO2 exemptions for diesel vehicles and won Assembly support for an ultra-low emission zone in central and London where pollution is worst.

What happened next? TfL scrapped the exemptions then announced the Ultra-Low Emission Zone for 2020.

2013 Community Land Trusts

Darren and Jenny helped London Citizens get the first CLT established at St Clement’s in Tower Hamlets, a 2008 and 2012 manifesto pledge the Mayor would have dropped.

What happened next? The GLA now has a budget line for community-led housing schemes, an officer working with CLTs, and St Clement’s is on site and building.

2014 Undercover policing

When Jenny discovered she was on a police database for people they labelled ‘domestic extremists’, she worked with lawyers to lobby the Mayor and the Met to stop spying on people with no criminal intentions or record.

What happened next? The police tightened up their definition to focus on criminal acts and deleted many existing records, but we still have concerns about excessive surveillance and data retention

2015 Bus incident reporting

Darren lobbied TfL to sign the bus service up to a confidential whistleblowing scheme, CIRAS, which lets staff register safety concerns, following a campaign by Tom Kearney. It should help reduce road collisions and other incidents.

What happened next? TfL finally agreed to do this from January 2016.


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