It's voting day, and west Londoners are heading to the polling stations to select who they want to be the new Mayor of London and London Assembly .

There are 12 candidates running for London Mayor and we have been bringing you their thoughts and pledges ahead over the past few weeks .

As for the London Assembly, there is a long list of candidates running for the seats that hold the Mayor to account .

We will be keeping an eye on the polling stations and bringing you the talking points on a glorious day for democracy.

We want to hear from you! Are you a young voter turning out for the first time? What do you think of the mayoral race this year? Will you miss Boris?

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Voting heats up in Ealing as tree fire provides spectacular backdrop at polling station

The race for London Mayor and the London Assembly seats appeared to be heating up inEaling , where this was the dramatic backdrop at one polling station.

Damian Walker captured this dramatic image of flames devouring a tree close to Copley Close Community Hall, in Copley Close, Hanwell , on Thursday (May 5) afternoon.

Forget inflammatory remarks or political firefighting, this was the real thing as voters finally hit the polls after months of campaigning.

Voting card error almost costs Lyric Theatre employee his vote - here's what happened for the Barnet registered constituent

An error that saw some London polling stations turn voters away due to not having received their voting cards has been slammed as ‘unfair’ by a Hammersmith theatre employee who was almost robbed of his vote.

Furious voters arrived to stations in Barnet only to be informed of the mistake that meant those who had not brought along their own voting card - which voters are advised they do not have to do - were not allowed to vote.

People were arriving to vote for the next Mayor of London and for who will sit on the London Assembly .

Guy Fryer, head of stage at the Lyric Hammersmith , was one Barnet resident affected by the error - hear his story as he told getwestlondon of the unfolding events today

Exiting Mayor captures one of his final moments as leader of the city

He said: “It’s been an honour to lead the Greatest City on earth”


Don't go to the wrong place

Just in case you want to go and vote later but have no idea where to go, put your postcode into this handy website.


#DogsAtPollingStations craze returns - with cats

We now have a round-up of your animals that have helped you vote today here.

It was only going to be a matter of time before that happened.

Voter Ian Mantgani said his day was "made" after seeing a dog at the polling station
Voter Ian Mantgani said his day was "made" after seeing a dog at the polling station

Solution offered to voting mishap at some polling stations

We’re still hearing from people affected by the error which saw many people’s voting slips not delivered to polling stations in parts of London - although thankfully not in west London.

But those unable to get back to a station later can apply for an emergency proxy vote on Barnet Council’s website.

Voters take advice of pets before casting their votes - who is your political pooch vouching for?

Voters have been taking to social media to post polling day pictures with their pets. Look at little Jiva who told her owner to vote for Green Party candidate Sian Berry!

The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has once again taken off on Twitter, with puppies and pooches posing at polling stations

Campaigns continue for Lib Dems, as Green Party's Sian Berry posts pre-vote selfie

Meanwhile, Green Party’s Sian Berry smiled into the cameras before she went to vote this morning

Barnet polling stations cause uproar as council makes blunder with electoral lists. getwestlondon's Amita Joshi was one of hundreds turned away this morning

Thousands of voters have been left off an electoral list as Barnet Council admit incomplete lists have been given to the stations.

Hundreds arrived at one of the 150 affected polling stations at 7am to vote this morning, only to be turned away and asked to “try and vote later”.

Many were asked to return with their polling cards despite it not being a requirement to vote, and others with their cards were still told they were unable to tick their ballot boxes until problems had been resolved.


getwestlondon’s Amita Joshi was one of those who left frustrated:

As one of those voters hoping to head there before work, I had arrived without a polling card. Earlier in the week, I had called to check why I had not received it in the post and was told it isn’t a necessity. However, at the station this morning in Barnet, myself and other furious voters were turned away without enough of an explanation as to what was happening. Scrolling on Twitter, we found the following, which didn’t answer the questions we had.

Spot a candidate

So we know Zac and Sadiq have voted, but what about the other 10 London Mayor rivals? Let us know if you see them.

A reminder that you can send your voting pictures on this glorious day to pete.bryant@trinitymirror.com or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

MPs across west London cast their votes on #pollingday, along with Mayoral candidates


Alright for some...

Everything you need to know about today's London election voting

Elections for the London Mayor and the London Assembly take place every four years.

The London Assembly is a body of 25 elected politicians who hold the Mayor to account.

The first elected Mayor of London was Ken Livingstone who ran City Hall from 2000 to 2008.

Green-fingered Boris lends a helping hand at the Friends Garden
Green-fingered Boris lends a helping hand at the Friends Garden

Find out where you can vote, what each ballot paper is for and who you can choose from.

Voters head to polling stations to pick their London Assembly members - who are yours?

West London covers the following constituencies, each of which have five candidates hoping to win your vote and become the voice for your area in City Hall: West Central, Ealing and Hillingdon, Brent and Harrow and South West London.

getwestlondon spoke to each of the candidates for the four areas to see what they have to offer when it comes to council tax, clean streets, social housing and the third runway decision.

Race for London Mayor

It’s the one everyone’s talking about - who will replace Boris Johnson and become Mayor of London after the votes are counted at City Hall tomorrow?

If you are still undecided on who to vote for, we have the lowdown on each of the 12 characters running for Mayor here.

London Mayor candidates collage
London Mayor candidates collage

Time to vote

The day has come and many of you have already been out to cast your votes on who should succeed Boris Johnson as the new Mayor of London. There’s also the small matter of the London Assembly to sort out.

But if the whole voting process slightly baffles you, don’t fret - we have answered all the important questions right here.