Deputy mayor of Camden to stand for Greens in Highgate

Lorna Jane Russell, David Stansell and Sian Berry are the candidates in target ward

Monday, 28th February — By Richard Osley

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Sian Berry with David Stansell and Lorna Jane Russell

THE deputy mayor of Camden – who defected from Labour to the Greens in the autumn – is switching constituencies to stand in her new home ward of Highgate at May’s council elections.

Lorna Jane Russell, who lives on the Holly Lodge Estate, will not seek re-election in Fortune Green, which she has represented since 2014, and instead be part of her new party’s team aiming to defend territory and expand in Highgate.

The party already has one seat in the split ward with its former national co-leader Sian Berry so far resisting Labour’s attempts to unseat her.

Cllr Berry and Cllr Russell will be joined on the ballot paper in Highgate by David Stansell, who was  the Greens’ parliamentary candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn in 2019.

Cllr Russell, a former adviser to the Town Hall cabinet on making Camden plastic-free, quit Labour over concerns she said she had about the quality of social housing, overdevelopment and crime.

“As an experienced councillor living in Highgate, I want to continue the hard work I’ve been doing hard to support local communities, help residents with their casework, and hold the council to account to ensure Camden delivers for everyone,” said Cllr Russell in a candidate announcement today (Monday).

Labour holds two seats in the ward through Anna Wright and Oliver Lewis. Cllr Lewis is stepping down and Cllr Wright is joined by two new Labour candidates Panny Antoniou and Camron Aref-Adib.

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