The London Mayoral Election Has Been Postponed Until 2021

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The London Mayoral Election Has Been Postponed Until 2021

The upcoming London Mayoral Election has been put back a year in consequence of coronavirus.

Scheduled for 7 May 2020, the election will now take place at some date in 2021. Other local elections, including 118 council elections, will also be shunted to 2021.

The UK Electoral Commission had only yesterday proposed a delay until the autumn. The reasons are manifold. The election would come at the expected peak of the virus, resulting in inadequate staffing of polling stations, little attention for campaigning, and an inevitably low turnout.

The postponement presumably means that incumbent Mayor Sadiq Khan will remain in the role for another year, and thus serve a five-year term.

Last Updated 13 March 2020