Ben has lived in Hackney for 10 years and been the councilor for Hackney Central for the last two of these. He is a barrister with a strong commitment equality and supporting the most vulnerable. He has previously worked as a Residential Care Worker with vulnerable young people; at the former Commission for Racial Equality; and as an intern at the United Nations. Prior to being elected Ben sat on his local ‘Community First’ panel which supports local grass-roots groups to bring communities closer together.
Since Ben was elected he has worked hard on behalf of Hackney’s Central’s residents. Among his achievements was coordinating a community-based campaign during the Olympics to raise funds for the Wilton Estate Youth Club.
Ben’s priorities include listening to and representing all the residents and businesses of Hackney Central; and contributing to wider strategic policies to help improve the whole borough. He believes passionately that local government matters, in ways both big and small.
Sophie has lived in Hackney for nearly 30 years, and as a mother of four children understands the importance of good local services for families. She has been a councillor in Hackney since 2006
Sophie is Deputy Mayor of Hackney and leads for the council on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting families with complex needs and community engagement. Her priorities are to ensure that Hackney streets are clean and safe, that parents feel confident when they choose their local school and that there are excellent places for all to go to enjoy.
Vincent has represented Hackney Central since 2002.
During that time he has taken an active interest in transport, planning and the environment. Vincent has been most actively involved in improving the public realm, the built environment of the borough, its bus services and creating an environment where cycling is increasingly becoming the norm. The trial pedestrianisation of the Narroway has been particularly welcomed by Vincent.
Vincent also works hard to represent residents, particularly on the ward's housing estates and he is a governor at Brook Primary School.
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