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Another Independent candidate has thrown her hat into the ring and is running for Hackney North and Stoke Newington parliamentary seat.
Alessandra Williams, a Stoke Newington resident and Barrister is making tackling poverty one of her top priorities. In her manifesto she sites the links between poor housing, poverty, poor education and crime.
Ms Williams who is also a criminologist, sat on the government’s Race and Criminal Justice Panel in 2005 and 2006, chaired by then Minister for Justice, Baroness Scotland. She also has a strong legal background in business and finance.
On the issue of poverty in Hackney, she states:
“Hackney is the second poorest local authority in England and the most deprived borough in London. My aim is to work with organisations with a proven track record of success and change, as well as the local council to raise Hackney’s socio economic status above what it is at present”.
In tackling unemployment Ms Williams sites in her manifesto:
“Hackney has a high percentage of people with no qualifications. It also has a high percentage of individuals with higher qualifications than other boroughs in England. What is needed in Hackney North and Stoke Newington is improved skills and training opportunities for those with no or low qualifications and improved job opportunities for those with higher qualifications who are out of work”.
Addressing Hackneys youth gang culture:
Tackle the gang culture and give youths a sense of “self worth” – through specifically designed projects with proven track records and by partnering with organisations that build self esteem, self determination and a sense of identity.
She also states that one of the ways to tackle unemployment is to support local businesses:
“In tackling employment and unemployment issues it is important to remember to support local entrepreneurs who often employ local people and serve the local community on many different levels. I propose to support small businesses by listening to their needs and concerns. In particular I propose to introduce a Hackney Loyalty Card (HLC), this will work in a similar way to a supermarket loyalty card. The user will gain credits on the card every time it is used in a local business. When a certain amount of points are accumulated, these will be redeemable against local products and services. It this way local people can support their local businesses and be rewarded for doing so. This will improve social cohesion in the Hackney North and Stoke Newington area and enhance the sense of community. It will also have the added advantage of maintaining the unique characteristic of the area”.
Alessandra Williams website should be live in the next few days, however if you want to read her entire manifesto you can view it on Hackney Hive’s community forum where you can find out about her general and global issues and how she intends to cast her votes on issues such as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, global climate change, taxes, health and education.
Ms Williams website is now live www.alessandrawilliams.com