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Siobhan Benita

Former London Mayoral Candidate

Who is she?

Siobhan resigned from her senior Whitehall job to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She secured nearly 300,000 votes and came extremely close to the Green Party and Liberal Democrat candidates, a remarkable result for a previously unknown candidate with no party backing. Siobhan has said that she would like to remain in politics.

Career history:

Siobhan joined the Civil Service in 1996 and worked at the heart of Government for over 15 years. She developed polices relating to the environment, local government and transport. As a senior official at the Cabinet Office she led major projects across Government and has worked with ministers and officials at the very highest levels. Siobhan knows how political decisions get made and is experienced at working with a range of senior people – from across the public and private sectors - to get things done.

During her career Siobhan has devoted a lot of her time to improving diversity and, in particular, gender equality, in the workplace. She is passionate about improving opportunities for everyone and wants to use this campaign to speak for people and groups who don’t usually get heard.

Comment... And a Bit of News

There has been a lot of discussion at the Leveson Inquiry about the desirability of having a much clearer distinction in our print media between what is news and what is comment. Lord O'Donnell, Alastair Campbell and Andrew Marr have all given their thoughts on this over the past few days and I hear it's already standard practice in America for such a distinction to be made.
28/05/2012 17:20 BST

Forget Boris and Ken - Vote for Me

Having spent the last 16 weeks on the campaign trail where I have watched the dominant BorKen show up close, I'm more sure than ever that we need new voices in UK politics and much more diversity of public leaders. We need politicians who are in touch, more willing to listen, less egotistical and not stifled by inflexible party lines. We need more women, more ethnic minorities and more people with different life and professional experiences. I hope that many of you choose to give your first vote to me.
02/05/2012 23:00 BST

An Independent Voice

On 30 March, Londoners will be told who they can vote for as their next Mayor and I will be one of the names. I want to disrupt the status quo and help provide the fresh voice and ideas that so many people have been calling for.
11/03/2012 23:21 GMT

A Very Humbling Visit

I have to admit that I may have developed a bit of a blogging habit, one which allows me to let off steam, set out my stall and highlight the errors of others, all from the comfort and safety of my own front room. It's all rather satisfying and therapeutic, but I do want to put my new addiction to best use.
28/02/2012 22:14 GMT

London's Mayoral Election - It Doesn't Have to Be a Two Horse Race!

To the powers that be at the BBC, ITV and other major broadcasters - there are more than two candidates in this year's mayoral election. Take a punt and give a fresh and - there, I've said it - female voice, a bit of airspace. Most people I meet nowadays ask me why I joined the mayoral race. It is simple
08/02/2012 22:59 GMT