Feminist party fields first council candidate

Harini Iyengar will stand for Dalston ward in the local election in May. Credit: Harini Iyengar.

A candidate from the Women’s Equality Party is standing for Hackney Council for the first time.

Harini Iyengar will stand for Dalston ward in the local election in May.

She was a candidate for the Women’s Equality Party in Vauxhall in the Greater London Assembly elections in May 2016, and at their first party conference in November 2016 she was elected to policy committee as a spokesperson on equal representation. Harini is also a founding member of the party.

She works full-time as human rights lawyer and is raising three children as a single mother. Harini says she is standing to ensure that the borough’s diversity is reflected in its government, and so that the needs of lone parents, women and children are prioritised

“I am excited and proud that Hackney Women’s Equality Party has chosen me as their council candidate in Dalston. I’ve devoted 20 years to fighting for equality and human rights. I want to use those skills to benefit the area that has been home to my children and me,” she said.

Her campaign specifically focuses on government cuts to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), which could affect Hackney by a £6 million shortfall.

“If elected I will prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable people in our area, including by supporting the campaign to stop cuts to funding for children with disabilities and special educational needs.”