Hackney's rising population means Whitehall has decided that our local ward boundaries need to change.
One of those wards affected is the current De Beauvoir Ward which has been split in two with its southern part, south of the Regents Canal, moving into a new Hoxton East and Shoreditch Ward. The new De Beauvoir ward will cover the area from Balls Pond Road to the Regents Canal, between Kingsland Road and Southgate Road.
This means that at the forthcoming Council elections Hackney Labour will have two new candidates in De Beauvoir - James Peters and Laura Bunt.
James Peters was a secretary in local government before spending a decade working and studying abroad, including waiting on table in Paris, practising competition law in Brussels and volunteering in a not-for-profit law firm representing death penalty defendants in Louisiana. James settled in De Beauvoir in early 2012 and is completing a training contract with a leading international law firm. James is also an associate governor of a Hackney school for children with severe learning difficulties and he volunteers at a free legal clinic in East London. When not risking life and limb cycling around the busy streets of London, he spends his free time making the most of London's rich and varied cultural life.
Laura Bunt is the head of Policy Research at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Until November 2013 she was lead policy advisor for public and social innovation at Nesta, the National Endownment for Science Technology and the Arts. At Nesta she worked on a range of projects exploring innovation within social policy and how to strengthen its impact. Laura has also previously worked at the RSA and Demos as well as managing a busy London restaurant.
Rob and Tom will also be standing again at the coming election, Rob in Homerton, where he lives, and Tom in Hoxton East and Shoreditch. After eight years on the Council, Gulay has decided to step down to allow her to fully focus on pursuing her career in academia.