An exciting Respect meeting took place in Hackney, east London, on Tuesday of last week. Around 60 people attended to select candidates for the May council elections.
Eight candidates were selected to stand in four wards – including Military Families anti-war campaigner George Solomou, Turkish activist Asli Demirel, health worker Diana Swingler, refugee rights activist and former Labour councillor Eddie Barnes and education activist Ken Muller.
Dean Ryan was selected to stand for mayor of Hackney in the election that will take place at the same time as the council elections.
Respect activists spoke about their involvement in local campaigns which are resisting the New Labour council’s neo-liberal plans, such as the occupation of Tony’s cafe in Broadway market and the opposition to the redevelopment of Dalston junction to benefit the rich.
Activists began leafleting the wards where Respect is standing over the weekend.