The Green Party has selected Sian Berry to be our London Mayoral candidate.
Sian joined the Greens in 2001 and has always combined electoral politics with campaigning on issues within her community. She was the Green Party Mayoral candidate in 2008.
Since the election in 2008 she has carried on working for the Greens, and in 2014 was elected to Camden Council. Sian has also worked non-stop as a campaigner: winning a £50 million boiler scrappage scheme from the Labour government in 2009, linking up 'No More Page Three' with her sister’s football team for a hugely successful crowdfunder last year, running the 'Sack Boris' campaign with unions in 2012, and helping pass new laws guaranteeing cycling and walking funding and a £500 million ‘green retrofit’ of major roads in her day job as a transport campaigner.
Sian said: "I’m excited about the chance to put my knowledge and experience to work for Londoners, and to help the Greens win bigger than ever before. Starting from the brilliant third place achieved by Jenny Jones in 2012, I believe it’s not unrealistic to think we can win in 2016. Stranger things have happened in politics recently!"
You can find out more about Sian and her campaign here.
We have also selected Samir Jeraj to be the party's candidate for London's North Eastern constituency.
Samir Jeraj is currently employed by a race equality charity; working on inequality and discrimination in housing, health, criminal justice and social care. He is also one of the two co-ordinators of Hackney Green Party, having been a member for over 11 years. Samir was successfully elected to Norwich City Council in 2008 and spent four years working on issues ranging from cuts in social services to neighbourhood policing. He also served as spokesperson on Community Development and as Deputy Leader of the Opposition on the council.
The Green Party came third in 2012 with 29,677 votes, just behind the Conservative Party who secured 35,714. Following a recent surge in membership and support, the Green Party is tipped to perform extremely well in next May’s London elections. The party already has two members on the London Assembly, Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson.
Samir Jeraj said: “I am delighted and excited to have been selected as the Green Party candidate for London's North East constituency. The Greens already have two Assembly Members and we have a real chance to get even more people elected in May. The main focuses of my campaign will be to create decent, affordable and secure housing, working to make London a healthier city and tackling inequality. These are amongst the biggest issues people in Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest are facing on a daily basis and which Greens have real solutions to."
The Green Party is a growing party in Islington having achieved record results across both constituencies in recent elections.
In the 2015 General Election, Islington Greens secured their best ever results with big increases in vote shares and a strong third place in Islington North
The results were:
Islington South and Finsbury
What does a Green vote mean? A quick glance at our key pledges demonstates our progressive and much-needed policies. The environment is important to us, of course, but so is reducing inequality and working for the common good of all Islington residents, workers and businesses. We want to move towards a healthy, sustainable and safe economy that works for all of us and not just the privildged few and big business.
Vote Green to support these policies:
Cllr Caroline Russell and campaigner Charlie Kiss were selected to stand as Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in the Islington North and Islington South and Finsbury constituencies respectively.
Cllr Caroline Russell is the Green Party councillor for Highbury East within the Islington North constituency.
Caroline has lived in Islington since 1986, initially in Kings Cross and since 1992 in Highbury. She is 52 and married with three children. She has a Fine Art MA from Goldsmiths and a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from City University. Over the years she has worked as a bicycle dispatch rider, community arts leader, university lecturer and, after a period of full time motherhood combined with community activism, as a transport campaigner.
As a walking and cycling campaigner, Caroline specialises in advocacy on behalf of pedestrians and for more people-friendly streets. She is the Green Party’s national spokesperson on Local Transport and speaks out for reducing both road danger and air pollution. She is passionate about addressing health inequality by promoting population-wide levels of physical activity through daily journeys on foot and by bike.
She has been involved in multiple local campaigns for many years. In particular as a parent governor at Canonbury Primary School and Chair of Islington Living Streets.
Charlie Kiss is the Islington Green Party Campaign Coordinator. He is 49, was born in London and lives in Holloway. He works for Camden Council in the housing repairs costing department, prior to this he worked in print production management. Charlie is an active local member of the Green Party and was involved from the start in campaigns against tax avoidance, campaigned for affordable housing and takes an active role in tenants associations and residents groups. He is a member of the residents scrutiny panel and complaints panel for Newlon Housing Association.
Charlie went to a comprehensive school, obtained a grant to study at the London College of Printing and then worked in the printing industry. He later gained a Business Studies degree (BA Hons) and post graduate degrees in Economics and International Politics (MA) all by evening class.
He is a Unison activist and shop steward. He is a strong believer in LGBT equality and justice and is trans himself. He has experienced homelessness and is passionate about the need to resolve London's worsening housing crisis and its increasing inequality.