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The Hackney Liberal Democrats have announced Helen Baxter as their candidate for Mayor of Hackney in the upcoming elections on May 5th.
Helen has lived in Hackney for 4 years and London all her life. She began campaigning for the Liberal Democrats following the EU referendum, having benefited from the best of the EU as an Erasmus student and most recently stood for the party in the Hoxton East & Shoreditch by-election in 2021.
For 7 years, Helen worked as an international aid auditor, with clients in the international development and donor community, such as UN agencies, government bodies and private foundations. Her work ensured that their funds were used and managed responsibly and helped build the trust and transparency that enable these organisations to succeed. More recently, she started working for a small charity which provides grants to young people in developing countries.
On being selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Hackney Helen said-
"I'm really proud to be selected as our candidate for Mayor of Hackney and I'm looking forward to the campaign ahead. The Liberal Democrats have a strong record in local government, working tirelessly for local communities, because we actually listen to what people in our communities want and we fight for them. As Mayor I would put residents back at the heart of decision-making and ensure the Council is open and transparent so we can engage with everyone in the community.
"I'm ready to set out a positive Liberal Democrat agenda focusing on the big issues such as tackling the climate emergency, supporting families through the cost of living crisis, making our borough safer for everyone, and building new Council homes for local people.
"The elections on May 5th are a chance for Hackney to show Labour they have had enough and choose a fresh start for the borough with me as Mayor and a new team of Liberal Democrat Councillors."
The Hackney Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates for the upcoming Council By-Elections in Hoxton East & Shoreditch, Kings Park, Stamford Hill West and Woodberry Down and are calling on residents to make a positive choice to elect strong voices to fight for their communities.
The candidates are as as follows:
Following independent mediation domestic violence charity Sistah Space has reached agreement with Hackney Council on its long running dispute over premises.
They will now re-enter the location in Mare Street they were denied access to by the Council for over 4 weeks on a new temporary license to continue their vital work while they search for a permanent venue.
Last week we stood in solidarity with the Hackney community at a demo outside Hackney Town Hall to demand that domestic violence charity Sistah Space get to stay in their current location, where they are better able to help those in need, rather than be moved back to their old site that they say is unsuitable.
Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Mayor of London asking him to intervene to ensure Sistah Space, a charity who provide specialist support for African & Caribbean heritage women and girls affected by domestic violence, have a suitable premises in which they can continue their vital work.
The Hackney Liberal Democrats have called for clarity on why Hackney Council are behind other London Boroughs in paying out vital Covid business grants to those in need of a lifeline.
The grant packages pay £10,000 for businesses whose premises have a rateable value of less than £15,000 or get small business rate relief. For those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with rateable values of £15,000 to £25,000, they can claim £25,000.
The Hackney Lib Dems have set up a virtual phonebank for their members to call residents potentially impacted by the Coronavirus in the borough.
The Hackney Liberal Democrats have called for the Mayor of Hackney to set up a Volunteer Task Force in Hackney to help charities and community groups in vital need due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
More than a million people have so far signed an official petition opposing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to shut down Parliament in September and prevent MPs from taking action to prevent a No Deal Brexit. Over 11,000 people in Hackney have signed the petition so far.