There are three Liberal Democrats on Hackney Borough Council, all representing Cazenove ward in the North of the borough.
Although the smallest group, the Lib Dem team punches above its weight and has often provided the only serious scrutiny of council decisions.
One recent Lib Dem success was turning a Labour motion merely noting the proliferation of gambling establishments into something with real teeth.
Ian Sharer has been the leader of Hackney Liberal Democrats since 2002 and represents Cazenove ward. He was first elected in 1994 for the previous Northwold ward.
Ian regularly holds the elected mayor to account at Council meetings, sits on the Planning committee and holds regular surgeries where he helps residents with local issues.
Ian is an Insurance Broker by day and knows pretty much everything there is to know about cricket and stamp collecting.
Dawood grew up in Hackney, attending Colvestone Primary School and then Hackney Downs. He lives in the borough with his wife and children. Dawood has been a Cazenove ward councillor since 2002.
He sits on a number of council committees and is a member of the independent advisory group to the Metropolitan Police in Hackney. As a sheltered housing worker, he is particularly concerned with ensuring better care for the elderly and vulnerable.
Abraham moved to Hackney 22 years ago. He lives in Cazenove ward with his wife and sons.
He is employed as an estate manager, which has allowed him to be an effective advocate for residents needing help with housing problems. Abraham also sits on local schools committees and actively supports a number of community groups.
He is interested in local environmental issues and has led the council group's work to boost recycling.