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UPDATE: The essential guide to this year's Mayor of London and London Assembly election

PUBLISHED: 09:16 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 04 April 2016

London's City Hall

London's City Hall

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The who, what, when and why of the May election

2016 will mark an important year in politics, with local and London Assembly elections scheduled for May this year.

But city-wide, this year also marks the fifth election for the Mayor of London, and for the first time in nearly ten years, Boris Johnson will not be standing for the election on May 5.

After winning the election in 2008, and a successful re-election in 2012, Mr Johnson has chosen not to stand for a third term, after his successful election as the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip last summer.

The mayor works alongside the London Assembly to form the Greater London Authority, with responsibilities including policing, transport, housing, planning and the environment.

On April 1, a full list of the 12 candidates running for the Mayor of London was announced, with candidates listed below.

Ankit Love - One Love Party

Caroline Pidgeon - Liberal Democrats

David Furness - British National Party

George Galloway - Respect

Lee Harris - Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol

Paul Golding - Britain First

Peter Whittle - Ukip

Prince Zylinski - Independent

Sadiq Khan - Labour

Sian Berry - Green Party

Sophie Walker - Women’s Equality Party

Zac Goldsmith - Conservative

Candidates running for Bromley and Bexley’s London Assembly member are:

Frank Gould - Ukip

Gareth Bacon - Conservative

Julie Ireland - Liberal Democrats

Roisin Robertson - Green Party

Sam Russell - Labour

Veronica Obadara - All People’s Party

The deadline to register to vote is April 18 with registration available online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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