Siobhan Benita for Mayor of London

Pride, The Open Kitchen and an evening with Chuka Umunna: Siobhan Benita’s campaign diary


Siobhan Benita with some of the Lib Dem delegation at the Pride march. This week's update from life on the campaign trail as the Lib Dems' candidate to be our next Mayor of London.

Sunday

I returned from a trip to India for work and straight into another by-election campaign. Due to the very sad passing of our councillor Mona Adams from lung cancer, we are fighting a by-election in East Sheen. Mona was the first Lib Dem ever to win a seat in East Sheen ward when she won at last year’s local elections, as the Lib Dems took control of Richmond council. She served a year as deputy mayor before her death, and was rated a bright light and force of nature by her colleagues, who are determined to retain the seat as a tribute to Mona. I joined a large group of Lib Dems to canvass with our candidate Julia Cambridge, with our anti-Brexit message very well received in the Remain-leaning area.

 

I was delighted to host a "Conversation with Chuka" at the National Liberal Club. Around 150 people came to hear from our newest London MP and we discussed the future of liberalism, fighting Brexit and a wide range of London issues.  It was a great evening and despite covering serious topics we also had a lot of fun - with a raffle and auction of course! I look forward to working with Chuka on London issues over the coming weeks and months. Thank you to all those who joined us for this fundraising event - every donation counts in what will be a fiercely fought campaign for City Hall over the coming months. You can support the campaign at any time at siobhanbenita.com/donate.

 

 

I joined the Lib Dem contingent in the Pride march through central London, 50 years on from the start of the modern LGBT+ rights movement. Ahead of Pride, I wrote for Huffington Post explaining why I would be marching as an ally. 

Later I headed west to Wandsworth to join local Lib Dem campaigners for their summer party. It was really good to meet some new members as well as long-standing stalwarts! We talked about the excellent foundation for the London campaign, how great it was that activists are enthused and engaged and what exciting prospects there are for the campaign. And, of course, there was another raffle!

 


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