We Love Stoke Newington is for residents living in the local area providing updates about local meetings, campaigns and useful information. This site is maintained by your local Labour team for Stoke Newington.

Friday, 2 January 2009

About your Labour team

Stoke Newington ward is represented by three Labour councillors: Cllr Mete Coban, Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas were elected to represent this ward in the local elections on 22nd May 2014. Cllr Louisa Thomson as recently resigned, and there will be a by-election in the ward on the same day as the London Mayoral and assembly elections on 5th May.

Stoke Newington ward is a newly formed one following the ward boundary review that took place in Hackney before the 2014 elections (you can read more about this here.)

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas
Susan Fajana-Thomas has been a Labour councillor in Stoke Newington Central ward since 2010. Susan is 50 and has two children. She has lived in Stoke Newington with her family for over 20 years. Susan currently manages a community led Board in inner London which focusses on policing, community engagement and safety.

Susan has an impressive record of community activism in Stoke Newington - she is a School Governor at Grasmere Primary School on Albion Road. She has a long standing commitment to decent and well managed housing for people living in social housing and has represented and created opportunities for resident participation in housing in the local area.

Susan has used her knowledge of community safety issues to work with the local police team to help prioritise reducing crime and disorder. She is also a regular visitor to Lawrence Buildings, supporting and engaging with elderly residents in sheltered accommodation. During her time as Speaker of Hackney, Susan was involved in the Coronation Avenue campaign to raise funds for a book in memory of those who died during the Blitz in Stoke Newington.

Susan’s top priorities are decent and well maintained housing, improving local schools, and support for families and children. She is also keen to see improvements on the High Street to ensure Stoke Newington continues to be a great place to live. She is committed to working with residents on  positive local campaigns and projects.

Cllr Mete Coban
Mete Coban is 21 and has lived in Hackney all his life.

Much of Mete's political activism has been around engaging young people in political discussion and this is reflected by his current role as the CEO of a think-tank named MyLifeMySay which aims to provide a platform for young aspiring individuals. Mete has been involved in educating young people in Hackney to improve their life skills through leading various workshops.

As a councillor in Stoke Newington, Mete aims to work together with local businesses to ensure sustainable and community based growth. Mete is also interested in improving our local schools, and using his expertise to engage with young people in the ward to be able to meet their current and future needs. Cycling issues, the high street and housing are among the list of priorities that Mete is seeking to help improve.

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