he top 10 most popular women politicians to have been elected in London is revealed today.
Ms Arnold, a former nurse and Islington councillor, secured top place based on the number of votes she has received over her full-time political career.
As the elected member for the assembly’s North East constituency, which covers Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest, she has amassed 347,140 votes over two decades at City Hall, being directly elected on four occasions since 2004 by increasingly large numbers of votes in a Labour stronghold.
Labour MP Harriet Harman was second, with 266,617 votes. She is currently the longest serving woman MP and ‘Mother of the House’.
First elected in a 1982 by-election, she has been MP for Peckham, then Camberwell and Peckham, ever since. Ms Harman was acting leader of the Labour Party in 2010 and 2015, and held a range of cabinet posts in the last Labour Government, including Leader of the House.
Labour MEP Carole Tongue is third, with 265,432 votes. She represented the London East constituency, winning elections between 1984 and1994 under the earlier first-past-the-post election system for the European Parliament.
Ms Berry said: “I wanted to celebrate the women who have stood up to be counted in London. I know we’ve had a lot of long-serving MPs and assembly members but no-one had tried to compile these ‘votes for women’ totals before.
“I am so happy to see my assembly colleague Jennette Arnold at the top of the table. She has stayed the course and been a really clear voice in City Hall who I’ve loved working with, especially when we are holding- the police to account over Londoners’ rights.”
Ms Berry, with 232,013 votes, herself came fifth on the list, behind Susan Kramer (252,833 votes), a former Lib-Dem mayoral candidate who went on to become MP for Richmond Park from 2005 to 2010, before being elevated to the House of Lords. Baroness Kramer also stood as a candidate in Dulwich and West Norwood in 1997.
Ms Berry has been Green candidate for London mayor in 2008and 2016, when she came third. She has stood for MP in Hampstead and Highgate in 2005 and Holborn and St Pancras in 2017.
Ms Berry said: “I make it into this top 10 because I have stood twice already to be Green mayor of London, and I aim to be the first woman elected Mayor too, but it’s striking there have never been any Labour or Conservative candidates for mayor who are not men to appear alongside me.”
Diane Abbott was sixth (231,601 votes). She was the first black woman elected as an MP – for Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1987 – and the longest serving black MP.
Val Shawcross, Sadiq Khan’s former deputy mayor for transport, was seventh with 218,105 votes.
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was eighth with 200,551votes. She was first elected as MP for Finchley in 1959 and then in every election until 1987. Her total excludes the 51,000 votes she received in two unsuccessful attempts, in 1950 and 1951, to become MP for Dartford in Kent.
Caroline Pidgeon, a Lib-Dem assembly member since 2008 and a former mayoral candidate, was ninth with198,610 votes.
Pauline Green, a former Labour MEP, came 10th with 187,595votes. The count excludes votes won as a local councillor.