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LONDON ASSEMBLY BILL BACK IN THE COMMONS

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The government has planned significant amendments to the the Bill setting up the Greater London Authority, which re...
The government has planned significant amendments to the the Bill setting up the Greater London Authority, which returns to the commons this week.

The Financial Times (p9) reports that the power of London's mayor to influence health issues will be strengthened by one ammendment.

Another amendment will make it more difficult for 'extremist' parties to be elected to the 25-strong GLA assembly. Any party will need at least 5% of the total vote to qualify for a seat.

Nick Raynsford, the minister for London, said this was to 'ensure that unrepresentative parties likely to be damaging to race relations will not be able to get representation on the basis of a very small percentage of the vote.'

The government wants the GLA to set new standards in participative administration. Further amendments will seek to reinforce this by strengthening requirements on the mayor to consult the business community, voluntary sector, minority ethnic groups and other representatives of London interests when developing strategies.
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