The booklet also contains full lists of the candidates running in the London Assembly and European Parliament elections, along with information on how to vote and what each institution does. All of the booklets will be delivered by 5 June.
'The booklet was sent to print after close of withdrawals for candidates at 12pm on 18 May, so we are starting to deliver copies in just over a week. Quite a logistical challenge, but hopefully voters will find it easy to use and useful.'
The 32 page A5 booklet is branded with artwork from the London Elects 'Londoners have their say' advertising campaign which is currently running across the capital. The booklet will also be available at local libraries and borough council offices this week. PDF and large-prints versions are downloadable here. Braille and audio versions of the booklet will also be available.
Notes to editors:
1.London Elects are an independent team working directly for the Greater London returning officer under separate budget and reporting lines from the Greater London Authority. The Greater London Returning Officer has overall responsibility, as laid out by the Representation of the People Act 1983, for ensuring a fair and accurate election.
2.The Greater London Returning Officer has a statutory duty to produce this booklet under The Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) Order 2003.
3.All mayoral candidates are entitled to put an address in the booklet if they choose to do so, and pay£10,000 towards print and distribution. Candidates are forbidden by law from referring to other mayoral or assembly candidates and their policies, and must use the address to outline what they would do for Londoners if they gained the mayoral job.
4.The budget for the booklet is£1.3m. This is the same as the budget in 2000. However, in 2000 a total of 3.2 million booklets were delivered (one to each household), whereas this year 5.2 million booklets will be delivered to each registered voter.
5.The booklet forms part of a£3m information campaign to ensure Londoners are aware of the elections and have all the information they need to cast their vote, including advertising, a website www.londonelects.org.uk and publications.