16 April 2018
Camden Green Party has announced its candidate for the 2019 by- election. Aiming to hold Sian Berry's seat in Highgate and gain more Green councillors to hold the council to account.
The party's manifesto will be published soon, and will see candidates pledging to be a principled opposition on Camden Council, ensuring fairness and transparency, and standing up for council homes, clean air and youth services.
Sian Berry, Kirsten de Keyser and John Holmes, candidates for Highgate Ward, said today:
"We want to thank Camden residents for the many good wished we have been sent ahead of the council election on 3 May. Greens have proven to be the hardest working councillors, and a strong, principled opposition to the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition from 2006 and to Labour who have held power in Camden since 2010.
"Voting Green is even more important this year as we face the risk of a bigger Labour majority or even a one-party state council, which would be terrible for democracy and our citizens. Councils without strong opposition generally provide worse value for money and a study by the Electoral Reform Society showed this costs the public about £2.6 billion a year across the country.
'Your choice in Camden this year is hard work and accountability from Green councillors, or more Labour councillors to add to their huge majority."
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Sian Berry has been Highgate’s Green councillor since 2014. Sian also serves as a London Assembly Member where she focuses on better housing and policing, and worked as a transport campaigner and writer before being elected.
Kirsten de Keyser
For the past ten years Kirsten has been closely involved with political campaigning and civic management, helping to protect and improve Highgate's living environment for all of us.
She is also deeply concerned about the ticking time bomb waiting to obstruct the life choices of our senior citizens, and is campaigning for smart new thinking to be applied to this challenge.
John has lived in Camden since 2012 and – in turbulent times for private renters – is delighted to have been able to stay for so long and make it his home. He joined the Green Party in 2014 out of a sense of exasperation about housing, and is also passionate about the arts, sport and community facilities. John has been co-chair of Camden Green Party since 2015, and his career has involved work in journalism, the charity sector and, for the last seven years, in marketing for classical music organisations.
Charity worker Dee Searle was a founder of Camden Air Action, which has been instrumental in pushing Camden council to take action on our borough’s filthy air. She helped create the Cottage Garden at Kentish Town Thameslink Station and is attempting to make our neighbourhood generally greener, healthier and safer through the Kentish Town Road Action Group. Dee is a Trustee of GOAL Youth Club, which runs free activities for underprivileged children and young people in nearby Queen’s Crescent, and is a former Trustee of Home-Start Camden. Her past working life includes spells at University of the Arts London, Unicef, Oxfam, Amnesty International and Channel 4 Television.
Kelly Pawlyn is a photographer (Kelly Hill) based in Camden where she has lived and worked since 2011. As a Governor at Camden School for Girls she has a particular interest in student and staff wellbeing. Kelly is car free and campaigns for clean air around schools; she helps with the Acland Burghley School Trust; co-ordinates the DPNF website and supports the London National Park City movement.
Charley grew up in South London and shortly after leaving Comprehensive School in 1987 he joined the Green Party. He believes in the importance of a progressive, sustainable, local political voice for London. Charley has a degree from the University of London and worked for some years designing Household Surveys and now works again in the Special Education sector. He has lived in Camden for ten years in the rented sector.
Sara Katchi is a freelance Healthcare Delivery Consultant and has lived and worked in Camden for 30 years. Sara is an advisor for the NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group. She also works as a Public Service Interpreter for the NHS. She holds a masters degree in social policy from the London School of Economics and has done projects about health policy, homelessness and employment. Sara has a keen interest in health policy and housing.
After a rewarding career in academia as a university lecturer, Juan became a freelance web developer. Originally from Spain, he has lived and worked in Camden for over four years.
Robert McCracken QC is a leading planning and environmental lawyer and has lived in Camden for over 20 years. He is actively involved in local organisations and is a founder and currently Chair of the Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
Jane-Eve Straughton has worked as an opera administrator for nearly 20 years and is now General Manager for a touring opera company. She has lived in Bloomsbury since moving to London from the Lake District in 1999, except for a 4-year period in Oslo, Norway from 2006-2010. She has a degree in languages (French & Russian), is a practicing Quaker and has served on the Board of Friends House Moscow.
Rik Howard is a consultant software engineer. He holds degrees in Mathematics with Computing and Advanced Information Systems from London. He has lived or worked in Camden for 30 years.
Fran Bury grew up in Cantelowes ward, attended Kentish Town C of E Primary School (where she was later a Governor) and still lives in Camden. She has a first class degree from Oxford, and worked for five years in local government and the voluntary sector before re-training in public health. She is also a director of We Own It, which campaigns for public services to be delivered for people not profit.
Trevor O’Farrell has lived in Cantelowes Ward and co-managed South Camden Housing Cooperative for over 30 years. He has worked in independent charity sector for over 30 years in community project management, funding and development, training and as a counsellor for homeless people. His journalistic and filmwork has included: broadcast anti war films/ Irish politics/trade union communications and two Green Party election broadcasts. Interests include social exclusion and its consequences.
Catherine Keshishian has lived in Cantelowes for 13 years. She is currently a trainee biology and chemistry teacher at a local college - a new career after 10 years working as an environmental public health scientist. Particularly interested in green spaces and their benefits to health, Catherine also works part time for a homeless charity teaching horticulture.
Helen first moved to Camden in 1986, when she arrived from Newcastle to study English Literature at University College London. She has made her home in London ever since and, following stints in east and west London, returned to live in Camden 13 years ago. Helen is a solicitor and has specialised in legally aided criminal defence work for over 20 years.
Charles Harris is a best-selling author and writer-director for cinema and TV, who has won international prizes for his work, including films campaigning for the environment and fair trade in food. He joined the Green Party when it was still the Ecology Party. He has lived and worked in Frognal and Fitzjohns Ward since 1983, taking a particular interest in local affairs and the quality of life in the neighbourhood.
Anton was born in Camden and has lived here for the past 16 years. He has worked in IT for over 13 years, holds a masters in Sustainability and Adaptation and has actively followed environmental issues for over a decade.
Jane Walby has lived in Camden since 1981 and joined the Green Party soon after. Now retired she worked in Special education and later for children’s mental health charities. She has continued her interest in education by being a governor of a local school. Jane has participated in Camden’s public consultations in mental health and adult social care. After living and working in Uganda and Malawi she is passionate about fairtrade and is chair of Camden Fairtrade Network.
Dominic was born in east London, and has lived in Camden for the past five years. Dominic is a keen environmentalist and has campaigned in many social justice movements including Camp for Climate Action, UK UNCUT and various cycling related actions. He worked for Amnesty International for five years, and is currently working for the Guardian.
Richard has lived in Camden for over 30 years and been involved in several local traffic, air quality and conservation campaigns. During much of that time he worked for national environmental lobby groups, most recently the Campaign for Better Transport, a proponent of traffic reduction and better provision for walking, cycling and public transport. Richard is familiar with planning policy and processes.
Michael is an architect and was part of the core team that designed the Eden Project. He is regarded as a thought leader in biomimicry and is a regular keynote speaker at innovation events. He has lived in Camden for the last seven years and joined the Green Party in 2016.
Journalist and writer Ramsay Short was born, raised and went to school in Hampstead, and remains living in Camden over 30 years later. He has worked throughout the world as both a conflict journalist and lifestyle editor, and is passionate about Green issues in particular alternative energy and future housing solutions.
Mike Sumner is a former senior journalist at The Guardian, Telegraph and Times, where he was one of 32 journalists sacked by Rupert Murdoch in the 1980s for refusing to collude in his union-busting move to Wapping. He remains a committed trade unionist, which he combines with his love of nature and Green issues. He has lived in Camden for more than 30 years and has been a member of the Green Party since 2013.
Mike has lived in Belsize Park for the past 12 years. An ex investment banker, he made the move to journalism in the drinks trade, championing the burgeoning biodynamic movement across the world. Mike also runs wine tours in the UK and France to promote the inclusive nature of the trade and the collusion in best environmental practices in the fledgeling english wine scene. He also runs a restaurant in Primrose Hill, championing the use of seasonal, organic products.
Pam has lived in Camden for 40 years and has always been involved in environmental groups . A member of the Green Party for 12 years and an active cycler, recycler, rambler and allotment holder. An artist and retired social worker by profession, Pam is currently involved with a food poverty charity.
John was born in Camden, and has spent most of his life living in the Holborn and Covent Garden ward. He's been an active green party member since the 2015 general election. John is married with 2 children.
Luke has lived in Camden for two years and is involved with both local and national issues regarding inclusion, diversity and sustainability. A Trustee of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Shaftesbury Avenue, and involved in leadership in a number of LGBT+ charities and faith groups, as well as being a campaigner and fundraiser for LGBT+ rights in Albania. He also carries a breadth of administrative and business management experience from his 8 years of working within the creative industry based in London.
Sarah was a co-founder of Transition Belsize, a local grassroots environmental group creating a variety of re-skilling projects including a community garden at the Royal Free Hospital. For seven years Sarah also co-ran energy efficiency and draught proofing workshops for residents in Camden and across the UK. She is a Trustee for the Restart Project – a social enterprise sharing repair skills to extend the life of electronics, and currently teaches English and works for a local post-adoption charity in Kentish Town.
Carmen is a British citizen of Spanish-Filipino heritage whose career has always been closely involved with social justice, improving minority wellbeing and welfare, and promoting equality in the workplace. As a Human Resources Consultant, she has worked in over 30 countries. Previous workplaces have included Save the Children, the NHS and The British Council. For the past 5 years, Carmen has worked as a consultant for an Immigration, Employment and HR Law firm in Kilburn. Carmen lives in North West London, where she ran as Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in 2017.
Les Levidow has been involved in campaigns for environmental justice and for Palestinian rights since the 1980s. He does academic research with civil society groups on agri-food issues such as alternative supply chains and agroecological methods.
Nicola Hart has lived and been educated in North London since childhood and has always been a strong supporter of green issues, especially since having children. She is a trustee of the health education charity, WiredChild, raising awareness of the effects of mobile phones and phone masts on children. As a documentary film maker she has made campaign films for WiredChild and STAG (Schools Travel Action Group) lobbying Camden council to provide a dedicated bus service for transport to schools. More recently initiated the Dartmouth Park Talks, a series of issue based informal discussions in the local pub and now making a new fermented live drink Agua De Madre.
Emma Barker has lived in the Kings Cross area for nearly twenty years. She works for the Open University and joined the Green Party in 2015. She is particularly concerned about social justice, and access to higher education as well as the environment. As a keen cyclist, she is also concerned about cycling infrastructure.
Tina Swasey is a student nurse with a penchant for performing in her local band and is helping out with this year’s Somers Town street festival and volunteers with the charity Eating Together. Tina will focus on representing local interests on air quality and housing issues, addressing social isolation in the community, and getting the best job experiences for locals.
Mark Scantlebury has lived in Camden for 30 years, where he has brought up his three children. He has commuted by bike for 40 years. He’s always voted Green but now wants to get more involved. His particular interest is in how the money we save into our pensions is invested in things that benefit us all - schools, housing, transport, renewable energy and social enterprises.
Sheila Hayman has lived in Camden for 18 years and has been a committed Green for longer. She rides a bike, doesn't fly except when absolutely necessary, and writes and blogs about environmental issues. Her Quaker upbringing has given her a strong sense of social justice and egalitarianism. She also runs a creative writing group at Freedom from Torture where she sees at first hand the consequences of our broken asylum policy. Sheila is an active member of both Transition Kentish Town and the Kentish Town Road Association.
Brian Gascoigne was a professional keyboard player and arranger for 30 years until retiring in 2006. He has been a life member of the Greens and of Friends of the Earth for over 25 years, and has lived in Camden all his grown-up life.
Jane Milton has lived in West Hampstead for 27 years. Working as a psychiatrist has taught her much about social deprivation and injustice. Her passion for the natural world and fear for the fate of our planet began during her Dorset childhood. She supports Amnesty International and Compassion in World Farming, and is an active Greenpeace campaigner. She loves classical music, both as a listener and an amateur player.
David has lived in the West Hampstead area since the mid 1990s. From his early childhood and throughout his life, David has always been committed to environmental issues, particularly those relating to improving global biodiversity, preservation of woodlands and forests, and decarbonisation of our energy supplies. David is a management consultant and runs his own small firm supporting the transition of the energy sector to 100 percent renewables through smart technology. He is a keen cyclist, sports person and cat servant.
Helena has lived in West Hampstead for many years. A member of the Fortune Green and West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum, she led a project to monitor air quality in 2016. She works in theatre and is an environmental activist on issues ranging from indigenous land rights, tropical forests and oil exploration to genetic engineering old and new, geoengineering, biodiversity, agriculture, food sovereignty and bioenergy. She has written and edited books, papers and articles on a wide range of subjects.