Siobhan Benita

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Media coverage

  • South West Londoner - 25 March: Lib Dem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita switches from campaigning to launch of new coronavirus initiative
  • Evening Standard - 17 March: Benita’s ending the race with good grace
  • Times Series - 16 March: Siobhan Benita says supporting “the most vulnerable” to coronavirus should be the priority
  • Evening Standard - 13 March: LibDem sense on cannabis
  • CityAM - 13 March: Siobhan Benita said these are “unprecedented times which require unprecedented action”
  • London Post - 13 March: Siobhan Benita offers co-operation on Coronavirus to Sadiq Khan
  • Evening Standard - 13 March: "It is highly irresponsible of RoryStewart to sow distrust in expert medical advice on coronavirus" 
  • Evening Standard - 13 March: Siobhan Benita urges the Mayor to take “bolder action” as new figures show more than 1,000 crimes involving offensive weapons at London Tube and rail stations since 2017.
  • KlMU - 12 March: Time For Consciousness To Get The Popular Vote in London
  • CBDecoded - 12 March: Mayor of London Candidate Siobhan Benita On Cannabis Legalisation
  • OnLondon - 6 March: Election 2020: Benita renews call for cannabis legalisation to help reduce drugs market violence
  • London Post - 6 March: Siobhan Benita urges Mayor of London to install hand sanitisers on tube to contain coronavirus
  • BBC Radio 4 Today Programme - 6 March: Siobhan Benita interviewed on what more the Mayor should be doing to tackle coronavirus and knife crime
  • Evening Standard - 5 March: Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita urges Mayor to make hand sanitiser freely available at Tube stations and on buses
  • Politics Home - 4 March: Government admits coronavirus crisis will not peak for 'months' - Siobhan Benita says it was outrageous London is being sidelined by COBRA meeting
  • BBC News - 3 March: London mayoral election 2020: Sadiq Khan promises rent controls - Siobhan Benita wants to bring thousands of empty homes back into use and build more homes for rent on Transport for London-owned land
  • ITV News - 3 March: Sadiq Khan puts rent controls at centre of London Mayor re-election campaign (ITV News) - Siobhan Benita vows to build "truly affordable" rental homes controlled by City Hall
  • Financial Times - London’s mayoral race is a springboard to the top job 
  • South London Press - 4 March: Activists urge Greenwich council to take firm stance against plans for Silvertown Tunnel - Benita will scrap project if elected
  • London Post - 3 March: Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita teams up with Merton LibDems for River Wandle clean-up
  • OnLondon - 2 March: Election 2020: Benita, Berry and Readhead set out environment policies in absence of Bailey, Stewart and Khan
  • The Guardian - 2 March: Silvertown tunnel an ‘environmental betrayal’, say Lib Dems
  • BBC Radio 5Live - 29 February: Siobhan Benita tells BBC Radio 5Live that if civil servants are not able to speak truth to power, every person in the country will suffer. 
  • LBC - 29 February: Siobhan Benita tells LBC why the resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam should concern us all.
  • Guardian series East London - 29 February: “The Conservative idea that you can simply arrest your way out of knife crime is proof that they have no understanding of what needs to be done" says Siobhan Benita
  • CityAM - 27 February: Siobhan Benita says court ruling against Heathrow expansion is “excellent news for a greener London”
  • London Post - 27 February: Siobhan Benita welcomes ruling against Heathrow expansion
  • This is Local London - 27 February: Heathrow third runway ruled unlawful over climate change 
  • Evening Standard - 26 February: London needs stronger leadership on violence, says Siobhan Benita
  • London Post - 24 February: LibDem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita leads a team of volunteers highlighting slow progress in tackling step-free access
  • Evening Standard - 24 February: Make e-scooters legal to cut car use, says London mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita
  • CityAM - 23 February: Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita wants to 'Love London Better'
  • Tottenham Independent - 19 February: Liberal Democrat Siobhan Benita says Green supporters should get behind her if they are tired of warm words from the current Mayor and want real action on the climate
  • Evening Standard and Guardian series East London - 18 February: Siobhan Benita says Londoners would still be in the EU if Sadiq Khan's Labour party had supported the Lib Dems in their unequivocal opposition to Brexit
  • CityAM - 18 February: Siobhan Benita says a London visa with the EU is more deliverable than Sadiq Khan’s call for associate EU membership
  • Evening Standard - 18 February: Siobhan Benita says “We must get back to a model of community policing that works”  
  • City Matters - 16 February: Lib Dem Siobhan Benita promises “safer, greener, kinder London”
  • BBC Politics London - 15 February: Siobhan Benita talks about tackling knife crime and opposing a Mansion Tax
  • Londonist - 14 February: The Five Most Exciting Policy Ideas From London's Mayoral Hopefuls
  • Guardian series East London - 14 February: Lib Dem Siobhan Benita launches campaign for Mayor of London
  • BBC Radio London - 13 February: Siobhan Benita tells Vanessa Feltz what Londoners need to know about her
  • SkyNews - 13 February: Siobhan Benita tells Kay Burley we need a mayor who is more than a mascot mayor
  • BBC News - 13 February: London mayoral race: Legalise cannabis, says Lib Dem candidate
  • Evening Standard Comment - 13 February: Siobhan Benita: Let’s make London a kinder city for everyone
  • Evening Standard - 13 February: Mayoral hopeful’s vision for regulated cannabis market
  • The Times - 13 February: Siobhan Benita: It’s time for London to elect its first female mayor
  • The Independent - 13 February: Siobhan Benita: London has a knife crime crisis – as mayor, here's how I'd fix it
  • OnLondon - 13 February: Election 2020: Liberal Democrat Siobhan Benita launches London Mayor campaign
  • London Post - 13 February: Lib Dem Siobhan Benita launches Mayor of London campaign
  • Fulham SW6 - 12 February Lib Dem Siobhan Benita would speed up of Night Tube and introduce 'express' night buses to outer London
  • Evening Standard - 6 February: Siobhan Benita tell David Cohen why she's backing the Standard's campaign for on-site inclusion units at mainstream schools instead of pupil referral units
  • Ross Lydall of Evening Standard - 5 February: Lib-Dem Siobhan Benita: Vegan London can eat its way out of Brexit gloom
  • Evening Standard - 4 February: I'll champion our nightlife says LibDem
  • Evening Standard - 4 February: Siobhan Benita says Sadiq Khan’s openness about his personal finances contrasted with lack of detail about City Hall spending.
  • Guardian series East London- 4 February: Lib Dem candidate Siobhan Benita ‘impressed’ by Mini Holland
  • BBC London Evening News - 4 February: Siobhan Benita criticises release of Streatham terror attacker
  • Bloomberg Radio - 3 February: Siobhan Benita is Tough on Terrorism
  • OnLondon - 3 February: Sadiq Khan calls Streatham terror attack ‘foreseeable and preventable’ as Benita and Stewart join debate
  • Guardian series East London - 31 January: London mayoral candidates respond to EU exit on Brexit Day
  • The London Post - 31 January: Siobhan Benita says London is resilient and brilliant – as she calls for a London visa to help maintain its leading global position post Brexit
  • CityAM - 28 January: With 100 days to go, can Sadiq Khan lose the 2020 London mayoral election? Khan “sees Siobhan Benita as something of a risk”.
  • News Shopper - 27 January: Lib Dem mayoral candidate promises express night bus for Bromley
  • OnLondon - 25 January: London Mayor candidates criticise Met roll out of facial recognition technology
  • Brent & Kilburn Times - 24 January: It's a real boost to my campaign to be London's first LibDem mayor, says Siobhan Benita as Liberal Democrat Anton Georgiou sweeps to victory in Alperton by-election 
  • The Guardian - 23 January: Siobhan Benita says 'I’m beginning to wonder if we will ever find out what really happened' as police watchdog criticised over Boris Johnson-Jennifer Arcuri inquiry delay
  • The London Post - 22 January: Siobhan Benita says London must be world leader on the environment and says the current mayor has been disappointing
  • OnLondon - 21 January: Lib Dem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita accuses rivals of ‘ambulance-chasing’ over violent crime
  • OnLondon - 20 January: Siobhan Benita says HS2 “feels like Crossrail all over again, with spiralling costs, delays and incompetent management"
  • Evening Standard letters - 17 January: Siobhan Benita & London LibDems call for TfL to take over South Western Railway
  • New Statesman - 16 January: London mayoral walks, #1: with LibDem Siobhan Benita
  • Evening Standard, the Londoner - 16 January: Siobhan Benita pulling a perfect Guinness at the Irish embassy
  • LBC - 16 January: Siobhan Benita interviewed on tackling knife crime as figures show record levels of knife offences
  • BBC Radio London - 16 January: Siobhan Benita interviewed on policing and cannabis decriminalisation 
  • MetroUK - 14 January: London’s Lib Dem Mayor candidate backs Women’s World Cup bid and legalising weed
  • AsianLite - 14 January: PROFILE: Siobhan Benita - the Mayor London needs
  • The Independent - 12 January: This shows Sadiq Khan sees me as a serious threat in the mayoral race, says Siobhan Benita as London Mayor Sadiq Khan to 'lovebomb' Lib Dem voters in bid to win 2020 London mayoral election
  • The i-paper - 11 January: Sadiq Khan must be rattled if he's trying to poach Lib Dem voters, says Siobhan Benita as London mayor Sadiq Khan will 'target Liberal Democrat voters' in re-election campaign
  • BBC London - 9 January: Call for law change over increase in homophobic hate crimes in London
  • Guardian Series North London - 5 January: London mayoral candidates say it's all still to play for
  • This is Local London - 2 January: Mayoral candidates gear up for election with 2020 New Year messages
  • Football London - 9 December: UK general election 2019: what each party are offering to football fans in London - Siobhan Benita, wants to drive a bid to host the 2027 Women's World Cup in London.
  • The New European - 9 December: 'Don't let Boris Johnson steal your future' - Why Londoners should consider backing Lib Dems in knife-edge seats - writes Siobhan Benita
  • Evening Standard - 9 December: Liberal Democrat calls for £400m unused Oyster card credit to go to homeless
  • Metro - 8 December: Homeless ‘should get £400,000,000 left on dormant Oyster cards’
  • Newsbeat - 5 December: Siobhan Benita is questioned by undecided first-time voters
  • LBC - 4 December: Tashan Daniel's cousin calls in to challenge London Mayor candidate on knife crime - and gets what he says is a "very good" answer
  • LBC - 4 December: Eddie Mair's Election Call with Siobhan Benita 
  • Siobhan Benita with Hugh Grant campaigning for Chuka Umunna
  • SkyNews - 28 November: Siobhan Benita on Kay Burley at Breakfast
  • LBC - 27 November: Siobhan Benita on Cross Question with Iain Dale
  • Asian Voice - 27 November: Will London elect its first female Mayor in Siobhan Benita?
  • Guardian Series North London News - 25 November: Uber loses London licence - Sadiq Khan needs to find a resolution to this issue as soon as possible, says Siobhan Benita
  • Bloomberg Radio - 21 November: LibDems: Labour is Spend, Spend Spend, says Siobhan Benita
  • London Post - 20 November: LibDem Siobhan Benita calls on Mayor of London to unlock millions of pounds on unused Oyster cards for homeless charities
  • Guardian Series East London: 20 November: Siobhan Benita calls for Oyster donation to end homelessness
  • CityAM - 19 November: Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita proposes TfL homelessness scheme
  • On London - 14 November: Lib Dem Siobhan Benita: I’ll be more business-friendly than Mayor Khan
  • Times Series North London - 12 November: Siobhan Benita says Mayoral race will be about Brexit
  • Evening Standard - 12 November: I won't let cowardly threats stop me, says Lib Dem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita
  • The Guardian: Sam Gyimah and the Lib Dem London mayoral candidate, Siobhan Benita, arriving to visit to WhiteHat in London Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Sam Gyimah and the Lib Dem London mayoral candidate, Siobhan Benita arriving to visit to WhiteHat in London

  • Guardian Series East London - 4 November: Sadiq Khan has begun to talk seriously about two of the key issues at the heart of my plan to tackle knife crime and keep young Londoners safe says Siobhan Benita.
  • The Independent - 4 November: How legalising cannabis in London would crush violence and the illegal drugs trade - writes Siobhan Benita
  • BBC Sunday Politics - 3 November: Siobhan Benita discusses the LibDem prospects in London at the general election and the Grenfell Tower fire report
  • New Civil Engineer - 1 November: London mayor rivals demand halt to Silvertown Tunnel plans
  • Guardian Series East London & West Essex - 1 November: First time rough sleepers in London rise 50% in single year - Siobhan Benita says Sadiq Khan’s approach has “clearly failed”
  • Evening Standard - 30 October: Siobhan Benita letter on rewarding sustainable businesses including restaurants that offer vegan options
  • The Jewish Chronicle - 28 October: Sadiq Khan 'in increasingly difficult place' over Labour antisemitism, says Lib Dem challenger
  • The Guardian - 25 October: Rory Stewart calls three London men filmed in walkabout video 'minor gangsters' - Rory Stewart’s choice of language shows yet again how he’s out of touch with Londoners says Siobhan Benita (also in Independent, Daily Telegraph, iNewsPolitics Home)
  • SkyNews - 24 October: European elections: '600,000' EU citizens could have lost their vote in London - the missing votes could have cost us seats say Siobhan Benita
  • Camden New Journal - 24 October: London mayoral candidate makes new call to legalise cannabis
  • Guardian series East London & West Essex - 21 October: Rory Stewart should not be Mayor of London, claims rival
  • OnLondon - 20 October: Rory Stewart attacked by London Mayor rivals over Brexit deal vote
  • City AM - 20 October: Rory Stewart 'doesn't speak for London': Lib Dems mayoral candidate
  • The Guardian - 15 October: Letter from Siobhan - will Boris Johnson's dad be voting for her?

  • City A.M. - 15 October: Liberal Democrats mayor of London candidate wants to decriminalise cannabis
  • The Sunday Times - 13 October: Siobhan Benita letter on why she's baguette not toast
  • East London and West Essex Guardian - 11 October 2019: Liberal Democrat Siobhan Benita pledges to fight Brexit and knife crime
  • Channel 4, The Political Slot - 7 October 2019: Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, and Siobhan Benita, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, discuss the impact of Brexit uncertainty
  • The Independent - 5 October 2019: A Brexit-supporting mayor isn't what Remainer London needs – Rory Stewart would know that if he'd been paying attention - writes Siobhan Benita
  • LBC - 4 October 2019: Siobhan Benita tells Shelagh Fogarty that Rory Stewart's voting record doesn't match the moderate image he's trying to portray
  • Evening Standard - 4 October 2019: Lib Dem’s purse banned from Parliament over 'B******* to Brexit' sticker
  • On London - 26th September 2019: Lib Dem mayoral candidate hails Luciana Berger Finchley & Golders Green election bid
  • Evening Standard - 25 September 2019: letter from Siobhan Benita - Lib Dems right for a diverse London
  • Jewish Chronicle - 24 September 2019: Second Jewish Tory defects to the Lib Dems in the space of a week.  Ben Seifert endorsed Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor Siobhan Benita
  • Lots of interest in what @SiobhanBenita had to say @LibDems conference. See thread for round-up of all the coverage, starting with this double page photo in @thetimes pic.twitter.com/LfRtejYyZA
  • Newsnight - 19 September 2019: Everything has changed
  • Jewish News - 18 September 2019: Lib Dem candidate: Sadiq Khan props up party that failed to ‘drive out’ Jew-hate
  • Jewish Chronicle - 18 September 2019: In her keynote speech Siobhan Benita accused Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan of “continuing to prop up a Labour party that has failed to drive out antisemitism”
  • Evening Standard - 17 September 2019: Legalise cannabis to make London safer, says Lib Dem mayor candidate
  • Politics Home - 17 September 2019: ANALYSIS: The Lib Dems are on a high, but tensions over its Brexit policy remain
  • BBC Radio London - 16 September 2019: Eddie Nestor interview on knife crime, Brexit and conference
  • BBC London TV news - 16 September 2019: Siobhan's conference
  • ITV London news - 16 September 2019: Siobhan Benita at LibDem party conference
  • Express.co.uk - 16 September 2019: Sadiq Khan shamed: London Mayor condemned as ex-police adviser defects to Lib Dems
  • LBC - 16 September 2019: Former Sadiq Khan Policing Adviser Defects To Lib Dems Over Knife Crime
  • The Independent - 16 September 2019: Brexit: London could keep freedom of movement for EU citizens if Lib Dems seize control of City Hall, party’s mayoral candidate says
  • BBC - 16 September 2019: Former Khan adviser moves to Lib Dems over knife crime
  • On London - 16 September 2019: Siobhan Benita cannabis pledge presents new challenge to Sadiq Khan on crime
  • Daily Mail - 15 September 2019: Sadiq Khan's former policing adviser defects to Liberal Democrats over knife crime in London, saying his children are 'not safe' on the streets
  • The Observer - 14 September 2019: Legalise cannabis, says Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor
  • Evening Standard - 12 September 2019: Civil service should put their concerns about no-deal Brexit on the record 
  • City AM interview - 12 August 2019: We can win this
  • Evening Standard editorial - 9 August, 2019: "London is looking for new ideas. Step forward, Siobhan Benita."
  • Evening Standard interview - 9 August, 2019: Make cannabis legal to tackle London's crime epidemic, says Lib Dem mayoral hopeful Siobhan Benita
  • Sky News comment - 1 August 2019: Tackling serious violence and knife crime
  • Politics Live discussion - 17 July 2019: How to solve the housing crisis