CARNEGIE LIBRARY OCCUPIER CHOSEN AS GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE IN GIPSY HILL BY-ELECTION
Lambeth Green party have selected library and housing campaigner Pete Elliott as their candidate for the Gipsy Hill ward Lambeth council by-election on June 9th.
The selection meeting took place yesterday (Monday 2nd May). Pete Elliott was the unanimous choice of local party members.
Pete recently took part in the occupation of the Carnegie library at Herne Hill and has been working alongside Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie to support resident campaigns on housing across the borough.
Gipsy Hill ward contains both the Central Hill estate, which is faced with demolition by Lambeth council against resident’s wishes, and Upper Norwood joint library, which is facing huge cuts to its staff.
Speaking at this weekend’s demonstration at Upper Norwood joint library Pete Elliott said: “The council’s rejection of local people’s plans to save their estates and libraries has exposed the lie at the heart of the co-op council.
“Opposition to Labour-led Lambeth council is reaching a tipping point. “More and more residents are realising that at a time of Government cuts, the last thing people need is a council that is arrogant, out of touch and fails to listen to its residents – let alone fight for them.
“Local people in Gipsy Hill are faced with a clear choice in the by-election: A Green party that will oppose estate demolitions and library closures or a Labour party that will implement them.
“Every vote for the Green party will send a clear message that the council needs to listen and support local people, not ride roughshod over what they want.”