Islington Green Party have announced their two candidates for the 2019 General Election. Local party members have voted for London Assembly Member and Islington Councillor Caroline Russell (left) to contest the seat of Islington North and cycling campaigner and green consultant Talia Hussain (right) to stand in Islington South and Finsbury.
Islington South and Finsbury
Councillor Caroline Russell has lived in Islington since 1986, initially in Kings Cross and since 1992 in Highbury. Caroline is one of two Green Party representatives on the London Assembly and is councillor for Highbury East within the Islington North constituency. She is national transport spokesperson for the Green Party.
Caroline: “At this election I promise to campaign for the green values I believe in. For voters looking for a party that is pro-European and committed to climate action and social justice, the clear answer is a vote for the Green Party.”
Talia Hussein moved to Canonbury in 2005. She has a background in design, with a focus on sustainable products and business models. She volunteers with London Cycling Campaign and Cycle Islington, working directly with the council to promote inclusive active transport.
Talia: “I’m standing because there are a whole raft of environmental and social issues that the other parties just aren’t addressing. We urgently need effective leadership and policies that will address inequality and climate change, by promoting a fair and sustainable economy that's fit for the future.”
The results are in, and Green Councillor Caroline Russell has been decisively re-elected to serve Highbury East for another four years. From an 8-vote lead in 2014 to a 666 vote majority in 2018, Caroline’s win is testimony to her years of hard work and dedication to the local residents of Highbury.
Across the borough, the Greens once again came second place to Labour, with the Lib Dems and Tories in third and fourth place and demonstrating again that the Greens are Islington’s leading opposition. We will continue to engage with communities across the borough and hold Labour to account, standing up for a responsible council that protects the environment and serves local people above all.
Islington Greens celebrating Caroline's victory in Highbury East
Thank you everyone for your help and support with our campaigns in Islington North and South. Whether you joined us for the first or the fortieth time, we have spread Green ideas across Islington and built a platform for our future campaigns.
June 8th 2017 was the night when Caroline Lucas doubled her majority and Conservative expectations were confounded. Theresa May was denied her mandate.
For those who were at the count, it was a memorable and exciting experience, though for all Jeremy Corbyn's achievement, he's still mistaken on Brexit. He has still not grasped the urgency of climate change and after last night he will be even further away from supporting voting reform.
Whatever happens now, it is our job here in Islington to maintain the pressure, and we will be updating you soon on our forthcoming campaigns.
Benali Hamdache and Cllr Caroline Russell AM at the count with Green members