Hackney Greens have selected their candidates for the forthcoming general election.
Alastair Binnie-Lubbock will stand in Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Rebecca Johnson will stand in Hackney South and Shoreditch.
Both Alastair and Rebecca have lived in Hackney for over twenty years. Rebecca is the Green Party spokesperson for Security, Peace and Defence and Alastair has previously stood in the Hackney Downs council by-election and has campaigned on many issues locally.
Rebecca says: As a long-time Hackney resident, I have campaigned most of my life for policies that put people’s needs and human security first. The Green Party has forward-looking strategies for how Britain could increase investment in sustainable energy, public transport and fair economic policies to combat climate change and 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.
This is a crucial election, called by the Prime Minister in hope of getting a bigger Tory majority and destroying legitimate opposition. 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.”
Alastair Binnie-Lubbock is currently vice chair of the Hackney Downs user group and has volunteered with the Hackney Winter Night shelter for the last five years.
He said: I’m proud to be a product of Hackney. I grew up in this borough, went to school and have strong ties to the local community.
I 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.
We came just 68 votes behind the Conservatives in the last election so this election is the perfect opportunity to push them 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. I’ll also be challenging Labour to pay proper attention to Hackney, which is due to be one of the worst hit by school funding cuts.
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.”
For more information, interviews or photos please contact Hackney Greens Press Officer, Heather Hampson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07912625506