London Elects: These PR and comms professionals are standing for City Hall

A number of PR, public affairs and marcoms professionals are among the candidates seeking election to the London Assembly today.

City Hall (Credit: Bill Smith via Flickr)
City Hall (Credit: Bill Smith via Flickr)

Londoners will today elect a new mayor, with Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan facing off for the Conservative and Labour parties respectively, as well as 25 members of the Greater London Assembly, 11 of whom will take up London-wide seats, with the rest representing a total of 14 constituencies.

The candidates include:

  • Amna Ahmad, associate director, Incisive Health (Liberal Democrats standing in Croydon & Sutton)
  • Dawn Barnes, senior marketing officer, Kings College London.  (Liberal Democrats, London-wide seat)
  • Rob Blackie, director of social, OgilvyOne (Liberal Democrats, London-wide seat)
  • Florence Eshalomi, account manager, Four Communications (Labour Party, standing in Lambeth & Southwark)
  • Sam Malik, corporate finance and public affairs intern, Weber Shandwick in London (Conservative Party, North East London)
  • Roisin Robertson, press officer, Bromley and Bexley Green Party (Green Party candidate standing in Bexley & Bromley)
  • Gregory Stafford, interim public affairs manager, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (Conservative Party, standing for one of the 11 London-wide seats)
  • Dee Searle, former director of comms and external affairs, University of the Arts (Green Party, London-wide seat)

Other candidates with a background in media or journalism include Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, who spent more than a decade working for Reuters; Conservative candidate Chris Chapman, who is head of live content at the publisher Centaur Media and former ITN home affairs editor Jennifer Nadal, a Green candidate.

In addition, Goldsmith was a journalist before entering politics - he edited The Ecologist between 1998 and 2007, while Green mayoral candidate Sian Berry was previously a press officer for the party.

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