The Mayor of London is one of the main political figures in the capital city of the United Kingdom, and plays a big part in the way that the area of Greater London is being run.
The Mayor is elected, among other politicians, to help with the affairs of London, and has powers over areas such as transport, housing development, policing and waste management.
Previous Mayors of London
So far, there have only been two elected mayors of London, due to the fact that the role was only created in 2000.
The first mayor was Ken Livingstone, who served from 2000 until 2008. He has been a member of the Labour Party since 1968, and sought to help women and underprivileged communities during his time in office.
He was succeeded in 2008 by Boris Johnson, who is the current mayor. Johnson was born in 1964 and is a member of the Conservative Party. After the 2015 General Election, he also gained a seat in Parliament as the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Who Could Be the Next London Mayor?
In 2016, there will be an election to decide who will be the next mayor of London. After the results of the General Election left many British people shocked and disappointed, it looks like it could be time a Labour Party member take up the position again.
Currently in the top spot on Paddy Power is Sadiq Khan, who has been the MP for Tooting for the last ten years. Also a member of the Labour Party, he has gained more popularity than Tessa Jowell who was previously a favourite for the position. Odds of 8/11 suggest he’s also a hot favourite for this position.
Born in London and holding the position of MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith is a Conservative politician who could be the next mayor. With odds of 11/10, he’s the favourite Tory member to take the top spot according to the popular betting website.
Ken Livingstone was previously a candidate with 33/1 odds, suggesting he was not very likely to make a comeback in 2016. Also on the list were Nigel Farage and Tony Blair, both with odds of 100/1, Alan Sugar with 50/1 odds and Lembit Opik at the bottom of the list with 200/1 odds.
Want to Bet on the Next Mayor of London?
You can place your bets on who you think will be the next mayor of London up until April 28th 2016 at 4pm. Bets will apply only to the winner of the 2016 election.