The Green Party have today announced their candidates for Hackney at the coming General Election. They have selected Antoinette Oyinkansola Fernandez for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, and Chesca Walton for Hackney South & Shoreditch.
L: Antoinette Fernandez, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hackney North & Stoke Newington
R: Chesca Walton, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hackney South & Shoreditch
Ms Fernandez said: “It is an honour to be chosen as the Green Party candidate for Hackney North & Stoke Newington. The surge in elected Greens across the country is a clear sign that voters want a party that does politics differently, and the next election is an opportunity to challenge the status quo in Hackney.
“The Green Party stands for social justice and the wellbeing of communities just as strongly as it stands for the environment. The party has pragmatic, proven policies that can transform our country, and if elected I will aim to deliver on those policies with the integrity and work ethic that the people of Hackney North & Stoke Newington deserve.
“We need to act on the housing crisis in Hackney to ensure that rental prices are fair. Renting in Hackney for a decade or more I have and have witnessed first-hand the astronomical rise in rents that has pushed many of my friends and acquaintances out of Hackney. I know what it is to live in fear of your tenancy renewal date and I will push to implement rent reductions and caps. We need to ensure that new developments in the borough are strictly only for affordable homes and social housing. We can also tackle the energy and climate emergency through practical measures such as fast-tracking the installation of solar panels on council-owned buildings.
“I want to make Hackney safe for young and old alike. We must find ways to reform policing and ensure that the Metropolitan Police serves the entire community.
“If you believe that the time has come for a genuinely different approach that will help Hackney to thrive for everyone, please vote for me in 2024.”
Ms Walton said: “I am delighted to be given the chance to represent Hackney South & Shoreditch at the next election. The two-party system has failed voters, as Tories mismanage the country while Labour offers no vision for real change. Only the Green Party has the ambition and ideas to tackle the climate and cost of living crises that we face.
“If elected, I will be a voice in parliament for the change that Hackney residents want to see. I will push for high-quality public services that are accessible for everyone that needs them; for mental health services to be given real parity with physical health services in the NHS; and for a mass insulation programme, to make our homes greener and warmer while creating thousands of new skilled jobs.
“Vote Green next year for a new way of doing politics that will get Britain back on its feet after years of turmoil.”