We've selected two great candidates for the forthcoming General Election. Make sure you can vote for them by registering yourself before Monday 22 May.
I am a life-long Hackney resident and went to school in a local primary and I attended Hackney Community College. Last year I stood in the Hackney Downs local by-election securing a solid 24.4% of the vote. I am the vice-chair of the Hackney Downs Users Group and I have been a regular volunteer at the Hackney Winter Night Shelter for five years. I work for the Green Party of England and Wales as the Events Officer and I have also run youth media workshops in schools, pupil referral units and community groups both in and outside the borough.
As the Greens won only 68 votes behind the Tories (7,281 to 7,349) with Labour ahead with a comfortable majority (31,357) this election is the perfect opportunity to push the Tories into third place and let them know that their hard Brexit and massive attack on public services and the environment will not be tolerated by Hackney. Also the best way to get Labour to pay proper attention to Hackney, which is due to be one of the worst hit by school funding cuts, is to amplify the voice of the Green opposition.
I will also refuse to let the Tories sweep their massive electoral fraud charges under the rug. This malpractice in the run up to them securing a majority in parliament (and giving them the original mandate for the EU referendum) landed them record fines from the electoral commission and has undermined trust in our democracy.
I'm proud to be a product of Hackney and I pledge to continue fighting for the NHS, green spaces, comprehensive education, local businesses, quality affordable and social housing and a referendum on the terms of Brexit whether or not I am elected.
Follow Alastair on Twitter: @Alastairis
On Tuesday the 23rd of May
I will be attending a hustings event at the North London Muslim Community Centre 7pm
66-68 Cazenove Road London N16 6AA
On Thursday 25th of May
I will be attending a debate meeting on School Cuts run by Fair Funding For All Schools Hackney at the Old Church on Stoke Newington Church Street, 7pm
On Saturday 27th of May
We will be running a street stall outside Stoke Newington Farmers Market at St Paul's Church West Hackney
Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7UY, UK. from 10am
On Thursday 1st of June
I will be taking part in a Hustings event at St Mary's Church
Stoke Newington Church St, at 7.30pm
On Sunday 4th of June
I will be attending the community music event Acoustic Sunday in Dalston speaking to the public.
I'm standing as the Green candidate in Hackney South and Shoreditch to make a difference. This is a crucial election, called by Theresa May in hope of destroying Labour and getting a bigger Tory majority. Theresa May wants to be given a free hand to pursue a hard Brexit that is the opposite of what Hackney people voted for. This election has to be about much more.
As a long-time Hackney resident, first in Shoreditch, and for the past 27 years in Dalston, I have campaigned most of my life for policies that put people's needs and human security first. The Green Party has forward-looking policies for how Britain could increase investment in sustainable energy, public transport and fair economic policies to combat climate change and air pollution, while also decreasing poverty, providing excellent early learning resources and education for all, supporting innovative businesses across the board, freeing up necessary resources for our NHS, and undertaking environmentally responsible house-building for affordable homes.
British politics is broken. We need proportional representation and an end to political and financial corruption. We need to change national and local conditions to deliver policies for real security, jobs, opportunities and a caring, humane society. That's what Greens stand for in Parliament and local councils, and what people in Hackney deserve. When politicians are given an easy ride, they put themselves first and stop representing the interests of citizens like us. One-party politics are bad for democracy, whether it's the Tories in Westminster or Labour in Hackney Council. The more people vote Green, the more we can challenge the complacent Tory-Labour political collaboration on a hard Brexit that would sacrifice our hard-won human rights, free movement and environmental protections.
Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @greenrebjohnson
|Saturday 13th May||Joining Green Party Woman in supporting refugees incarcerated in Yarl's Wood|
|Sunday 14th May||Green Party of England and Wales Candidates' launch|
|Saturday 20th May||Leafletting London Fields|
|Monday 22nd May 11.30 - 13:00||Representing the Green Party leadership in the Defence Debate with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon|
|Monday 22nd May 19:15||Hustings hosted by De Beauvoir Association|