Other bodies

The role of UK Parliament, London Mayor and Assembly, Electoral Administration Act 2006.


The Local Government Act 2000 includes a provision where at least 5% of the Local Government Electors for an area can petition the council to hold a referendum on the question of whether the council should have a directly elected Mayor.

For the year 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018, the number of local government electors shown in the Register of Electors that is equal to 5% is 10,132.

This is the number that will be used to determine the validity of any petitions presented to the council after 1 December 2017.

UK Parliament

The UK Parliament represents the people of the United Kingdom and has the power to make decisions and pass laws on a wide range of issues that affect you. It also:

  • debates major issues of the day
  • scrutinises government policy
  • protects the public and safeguards the rights of individuals
  • examines European Union proposals before they become law
  • hears legal cases in the House of Lords

The UK Parliament is made up of two chambers or 'Houses' - the House of Commons and the House of Lords. A general election must take place at least every five years, but often an election will be called earlier than that. 

Read more on the UK Parliament.

Electoral Commission

An independent body, not part of government, whose aim is to increase public confidence in the democratic system and knowledge of elections and referendums.

For more information, visit Electoral Commission.

Page last updated: 31 May 2022