London Green Party - London Assembly Elections 2012
The London Green Party is currently selecting candidates to stand for the London Assembly list. I have put myself forward as a potential candidate.
Caroline Russell - Nomination Statement
I’ve lived in London for 25 years & have become increasingly engaged in community governance and campaigning in Islington. I was a school governor for six years, four as Chair, and still sit on the Council’s school meals board, having successfully campaigned for the end of the Turkey Twizzler in Islington Schools and helped procure a new improved contract.
As an active committee member of several local organisations, I coordinated a successful campaign for a 20mph limit round Highbury Fields, building a coalition of community support towards an overwhelming “yes” vote and Islington’s highest Council consultation response rate ever.
My passions are road safety and sustainable transport. I am currently Chair of Islington Living Streets, a pedestrian campaigning organisation that holds Islington Council and Transport for London to account from a pedestrian and road safety perspective, and I also work with the Living Streets London Action Group on London-wide transport issues.
What can I bring to the list?
I’m a relative newcomer to the Green Party, but bring an understanding of the importance of governance and public accountability. I have a track record as a networked community activist and local and London-wide campaigner for sustainable transport, one of the areas where the Assembly holds the Mayor to account most effectively.
I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Green Party campaign for the London Assembly. If elected to the list I would continue to work for sustainable transport policies, that prioritise walking, cycling and public transport - not just to allow us to get around, but also for our health, both in terms of exercise and the quality of the air we breathe. More sustainable transport would rebalance the city in favour of low-income households, the elderly, and other groups who are disadvantaged by the existing car-centric system.
Why did I join the Green Party?
I came to the Green Party through community engagement. After years as a non-aligned campaigner, I decided in 2009 to stand as an elected representative in Islington, to be better able to scrutinise the Council and influence its policy.
I realised that the Green Party was the only party whose policies I could wholeheartedly support and immediately put myself forward for Islington’s target ward of Highbury West and was selected as a candidate. Working with the Target Ward team, I helped run a campaign that engaged many new members in regular canvassing and leafleting, and became IGP’s most comprehensive campaign to date, nearly doubling the vote of our then Councillor Katie Dawson. I was proud to get 1,500 votes myself – though sadly, in the sweep of the combined general and local election, it wasn’t enough to retain Katie’s seat or to gain any new ones.
Since the election, as Islington Green Party Campaigns Coordinator, I have helped establish an effective new team, who are maintaining the Green Party as a force in Islington politics.
24th Jan 2011