Mete Coban was elected as a Councillor for Stoke Newington in May 2014. As the co-founder and visionary behind My Life My Say, he is best known for running collaborative national campaigns, pioneering digital democracy and promoting an ethos of inclusive community engagement. He is most credited for engaging young people on the issue of Brexit and significantly contributing to the increased turnout of young voters through the #TurnUp campaign.
He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Working in Hackney scrutiny commission and was appointed by the Mayor of Hackney as the Youth Employability Champion for the borough in May 2017. Mete’s priorities for residents in Stoke Newington is to ensure that locals benefit from growth & prosperity, in terms of good quality jobs and housing offer. Cycling issues, the high street and education are among the list of priorities that he is seeking to improve as an elected representative.
Susan Fajana- Thomas has been a Labour Councillor for Stoke Newington Central Ward since May 2010. She has lived in Stoke Newington with her family for over 20 years. She currently manages a community led Board in inner London, focusing on policing, community engagement and community safety.
Susan has a long record of community activism in Stoke Newington. She is a School Governor at Grasmere Primary School on Albion Road. She has a long standing commitment to decent and well managed housing in the area and for many years represented and created opportunity for resident participation in the delivery of housing services in Stoke Newington.
She is passionate about housing and regeneration. Susan is a Trustee of Finsbury Park Trust, the Finsbury Park regeneration charity. Susan is also a Director on the Board of Hackney Homes and represents Hackney Council on the Boards of Industrial Dwelling Society and London Housing Consortium.
Susan's top priorities are decent and well maintained housing, improving local schools, and support for families and children. As Hackney resident of over twenty years, Susan is keen to see regeneration that will ensure that Hackney continues to develop as a vibrant community and a great place to live.
Gilbert Smyth is standing as a candidate for Stoke Newington ward in the local elections on 3rd May 2018.
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