Alessandra of Surrey?

So Alessandra Williams a prospective independent parliamentary candidate for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, resides in leafy, stockbroker belt Reigate Surrey – nowhere close to East London and definitely not in Hackney.

While it’s not uncommon for prospective MPs to eye constituencies far from their homes, Hackney Hive, most visitors to this site and I, just assumed Ms Williams was a Hackney borough resident, just as the other prospective parliamentary candidates for the area are,  since she never mentioned anything.  Maybe Ms Williams was considered a marginal figure not worthy of any type of scrutiny or attention and looking back that very well may have been the case as I saw very little written about her.  The twit from the Raving Loony Party got more coverage locally

Unlike other Hackney focused news and information sites and blogs, Hackney Hive has decided not to remove the two pieces on Alessandra Williams, but instead have given her a chance to respond and tell why she as an ‘outsider’,  feels she is right to represent Hackney.

Nick Griffin lives in Wales, yet is standing in an area the BNP deem to be ripe, Dagenham & Barking.  Working class whites who feel disenfranchised in the borough don’t seem to be making a stink about that.

Stephen Twigg,  was only 29 when he famously snatched Michael Portillo’s previously safe Southgate seat in the 1997 election that swept Labour to power. Displaying the hallmarks of a career politician, he’s now running for a safe Labour seat in Merseyside.

Sally Bercow,  the wife of Tory MP John Bercow is running for a Labour seat and the only real scrutiny she got from the media was over youthful promiscuity, though not her fibbing.

Closer to home, Meg Hillier current MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch cut her teeth in Islington where she was a councillor before she became Mayor of Islington in 1998.  She still resides in Islington,  a short bus ride away from Hackney.

I’m surprised at the cold shoulder Ms Williams has  got from others,  partly based on her carpetbagging,  after all there are other prospective candidates here in Hackney  who have either politically crow-barred their way through from different parts of the country and the capital or have been parachuted  in, by their respective  political parties,  but are  received more favourably here in Hackney.  But hey, A  gals  got to start somewhere right?

Unlike the other independent parliamentary candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, the grande dame  known for her bird nest hair,  totty high heel shoes and her smouldering off the shoulder lingerie photo on her twitter page, Ms Williams appear to be not getting that much coverage locally or nationally partly I feel  due to her lackluster campaign and lack of familiarity amongst locals.  There again might also be because folk just reckon Ms Diane will be back.

I hope Ms Williams does respond, as I feel she can draw on her career successes, and use it to qualify the changes she has pledged to bring to Hackney. Until then I feel just a wincy bitsy slightly uncomfortable with the knowledge that she could be just another carpetbagging opportunist building her political future on a community she doesn’t really care about.

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Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and runs a London based pet sitting business. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.

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5 Responses to "Alessandra of Surrey?"

  1. Odette  01/05/2010 at 2:20 am

    I was the person who notified Hackney Hive that Williams didn’t live in Hackney after reading it on the comments section of two other Hackney sites. One of them, the Hackney Citizen removed their piece on her, a few days ago after she responded that she did not live in Hackney.

    I now notice after your opinion, the Hackney Citizen has now reposted it. I wonder why. I think HH was right in not removing their posts about her, but think it’s very two faced and sneaky of the Hackney Citizen to do such an about turn, so as not to come across as biased. While they were busy kissing up to Boff and another of their favorites Alessandra at no time was invited to any of their Q & A’s or debates…..I wonder if that has now changed.

    As for Williams after finding out she didn’t live in the borough I decided not to vote for her, not because she doesn’t live in Hackney, but because she never mentioned it.

  2. Tom Silva  01/05/2010 at 10:10 am

    How disingenuous of her to suggest Hackney Loyalty cards for local businesses and shoppers. She does not live in the Borough or close to, so when does SHE support local businesses herself?

    We have had enough lies from labour we don’t need an unknown independent telling us more.

  3. Jenn  02/05/2010 at 3:28 pm

    Here’s an interesting and relevant piece from the BBC website. When you think of it, there is a plus side to having a so called ‘outsider’ contesting a seat. Personally I feel there should be a limit to how many terms one can serve.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8619315.stm

  4. Odette  02/05/2010 at 9:51 pm

    interesting article although I’m still sitting on the fence and don’t know who i will vote for.

    interesting also that not only has HACKNEY CITIZEN reposted the the profile on Alessandra Williams they removed after it was confirmed that she lived eleswhere, but they have placed an ad for her on their site. i wonder why? over compensating for their stupidity?

  5. Hackney Hive  03/05/2010 at 3:51 pm

    Odette and Tom we recently spoke with Ms Williams, who has explained that she never hid the fact that she lived outside of the borough. She has agreed to answer a range of questions posed by readers of Hackney Hive, a neighbour on my street and a fella outside Morrisons in Stamford Hill. Some are local issues and some of national concern.

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