2 March Advert for top-up and constituencies and Mayor
11 March GLA Assessment Day
23 March Closing date for applications
25 March Mayor approval day
30 March Final submission of artwork for manifesto booklet
30/31 March Shortlisting for Top–up List
10 April Announce shortlist for List & Mayor
30 April Dispatch ballot papers
25 May Close of ballot
28 May Count
I gather that since only four people have applied and none of them are 'names'. It is now likely they will delay the announcement and reopen nominations - just like the Conservatives had to...
UPDATE Mon 10am: This email has been sent out to London LibDems this morning... "All, please note that because the mayoral selection is not going ahead as planned, the announcement the press were expecting will not be happening."
UPDATE Mon 11.50pm: Justin Hinchcliffe alerts me to THIS press release from August 2006 in which Simon Hughes says this...
"Ahead of tomorrow's deadline for applications to be the Conservative
Party's London mayoral candidate, Simon Hughes MP, former Liberal Democrat
candidate for Mayor of London, said: "The clock is ticking for the Tories yet
there seem to be no big guns coming forward for the job. "Over the coming months
the Liberal Democrats will cast the net far and wide in our search for a
candidate to represent our diverse capital. People from ethnic minority
communities, women and non-politicos will be at the forefront of our selection
Oh well, he who laughs first...