The Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate, Siobhan Benita, has launched her campaign for the Mayoral elections in May with the slogan: Love London Better.
Born in Merton, to an Anglo-Indian mother and Cornish father, Siobhan epitomises London’s unique diversity.
“My mum was born in India but after her dad tragically died at a very early age, my grandmother brought her and her two siblings to start a new life in London. They arrived with very few possessions but local people rallied round, including the butcher and milkman who used to give my grandmother leftover food. That’s the London that I still love today – kind, open and welcoming.”
Vital public services
Years working in the civil service has given Siobhan vital experience which will enable her to hit the ground running as Mayor. “I worked in all the government departments that the Mayor of London and City Hall work with, including transport, local government and the environment.”
"This is not a political game for me. London is the best city on Earth but it pains me that so many things are not working. Knife crime is out of control; rough sleeping is at its highest level in years; there is toxic air pollution; and commuters are suffering every day due to the fares freeze and Crossrail delay.
A greener, safer, kinder London
Sue Wixley is the Liberal Democrat's local London Assembly candidate for Merton & Wandsworth. "We all love London, but it must be better. From knife crime to toxic air to homelessness, our capital needs bold leadership and a greater sense of urgency. Siobhan Benita has the experience working at the heart of government to create a greener, safer and kinder London."
"I'm delighted to be standing for the Liberal Democrats as a candidate in a constituency that I love and have made my home and I'm excited to be campaigning to get Siobhan and our team elected to City Hall. Siobhan cares about the things that matter to local people. That's why here and across London, voters will be backing Benita."
Siobhan Benita with Sue Wixley in September 2019 helping to press cider with Abundance Southfields.
Find out more about Siobhan Benita and her priorities.
The Mayor of London and London Assembly Election takes place on Thursday 7 May and will include three ballots for the London Mayor, your constituency London Assembly and your London-wide Assembly member. More here.