Some Non-Londoners Are Campaigning To Be Able To Vote For London’s Mayor

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

It’s another fine idea from the internet!

It might seem obvious to you that the Mayor of London’s job is to represent Londoners, and that, therefore, it ought to be Londoners who select him or her.

But it turns out that it’s not that obvious to everybody!

painful new petition fresh out of the provinces argues that everyone in the UK should be allowed to vote for London’s mayor. In rousing prose, it argues:

‘the whole of the uk should be allowed to vote on who becomes mayor of our capital city, as what happens in London also effect the outer towns and city’s,
So voting should be changed, so people living outside London can have their say through a vote who they would like to see become mayor of London.’

To, which, just… what? No. That’s not how ANY of this works. YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN THE PLACE!

The petition is rapidly closing in on 10,000 signatures, at which point ‘government will respond to this petition’, meaning some civil servant who draws the short straw will have to explain why this is not a good idea.

It’s an exciting concept brought to you by the same fine constituencies that voted Leave in huge numbers. Boston! Thurrock! South Holland! Come on, guys.

Petition signers map
Left: petition signers (highest in dark red areas.) Right: leave voters (highest in dark blue areas.)

All in all, the good people of the Lincolnshire coast can vote for the Mayor of London when we can vote for the US President. Seem fair?

[Header photo: East London Mosque]

Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.