Islington’s Greens given top positions in national party

Cllr Russell; 'Stand firm against motor industry'

Cllr Russell; 'Stand firm against motor industry' - Credit: Archant

Three members of Islington Greens have been handed prominent national roles in the party.

Cllr Caroline Russell, the borough’s only opposition councillor, has been given the local transport brief.

She is a walking and cycling campaigner and chair of Islington Living Streets. Cllr Russell is also the party’s parliamentary candidate for Islington North in this year’s general election.

Meanwhile Benali Hamdache has been made equalities spokesman, responsible for addressing discrimination, speaking out against racism, homophobia and sexism.

He has worked as a campaigns coordinator for a migrants’ rights charity as well as having helped set up a charity that advocates on behalf of young people with mental health problems.

Finally Caroline Allen will continue as the mouth piece for the party’s policy on animals.

As a vet of 15 years standing, she is an expert on animal issues and has campaigned on a wide range of subjects; including tackling irresponsible pet ownership, opposing the badger cull, highlighting the cruelty of greyhound racing to protecting wildlife and habitats.