It was a very busy weekend of campaigning for Team Hackney with the London Pride march on Saturday and then Black Pride being hosted on our home turf in Haggerston Park.
While my Hackney Lib Dem colleagues were busy at those events, I took part in a democracy action day for Make Votes Matter, campaigning for reforms to the voting system which is currently anything but democratic.
It was a national day of action with 100 stalls set up all around the country to ask people their views and to get signatures on a petition demanding Proportional representation be implemented as our new voting system. The day of action coincided with the Lib Dems signing up to The Alliance of cross-party campaign groups demanding reforms earlier in the week.
I was at our stall set up near the busy Stoke Newington Farmer’s Market and it was a great day all around.
This weekend with the organisation by London region Lib Dems / LDCRE (Liberal Democrat Campaign for Racial Equality, an organisation within the party that advocates for equal racial representation in politics), I have the delight and honour to attend two events I have always wanted to participate for ages: Pride and Black Pride.
A group shot before the March: with MPs Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, London mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita, MEPs Irina von Weise and Luisa Porritt, Lords Liz Barker and Brian Paddick, and more!
#TeamHackney in another envelope stuffing party last night featuring our London mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita and our very own campaigns extraordinaire (and GLA list / candidate for North East) Ben Mathis - this time we are getting our newest surveys ready for our residents... across the borough! (that's thousands of them!)
Pizza (some stuffing parties you get Myles' famous jambalaya!), drinks, gossip, banter, chin wag all (essential) part of the package! Now we just need to get them delivered (in the sunshine!) to the hands of our neighbours - let's get cracking!
Every year, ALDC (Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors, a group that is affiliated with the party that helps thousands of Liberal Democrat councillors elected across the country) hosts a getaway in Staffordshire called Kickstart, where in 3 days you get to go to lectures and network with fellow activists and councillors - essentially a mini party conference. This year, I was lucky enough to attend via Future Leaders Programme (I've been wanting to go for years!) - where young people - in particular LGBT or BAME activists and councillors are sponsored by the party to acquire skills that are essential to fulfil our political ambitions.
Hackney Lib Dems celebrating Eid at the Musallaa an-Noor Mosque
Hackney Lib Dem members Dave, Teresa, Geoff and Javed (and later on, not in photo, Alton), were proud to be invited to join in the Eid street party at this mosque on Dyenvor Road in N16. Great company and great food. Check out Teresa's henna tattoo!