Mayoral and local elections will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has said.
The elections, including the London mayoral elections, were due to take place on May 7.
A government spokeswoman said: “We will bring forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections until May next year.
“We will also work with the devolved administrations to ensure that they have the necessary powers to do the same.”
Independent London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart, who has been critical of the government’s response to the pandemic, said the move was the “right decision”.
He tweeted: “The right decision. We should now move more rapidly to close gatherings, and schools; extend the isolation period; and restrict non-essential visits to care homes (who have few back up options for patients if they have to close.)”
And current Mayor of the capital Sadiq Khan said: “The Government has taken the decision to postpone the May elections for a year.
“I will continue to work with the Government and experts to help London manage coronavirus over the weeks and months ahead.
“I will always do everything in my power to stand up for London.”
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