Siobhan Benita

Under the Influence

Michael Volpe | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home
Michael Volpe

The resurgent Evening Standard newspaper in London, which still manages to look and read like a real newspaper whilst being a "free-sheet" held its an...

Comment... And a Bit of News

Siobhan Benita | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK Politics
Siobhan Benita

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.

A Standard Dis-Service to London?

Dele Meiji Fatunla | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Politics
Dele Meiji Fatunla

When the history books on the 2012 London Mayoral elections are written, the Evening Standard's claim to be London's paper may not stand up to much scrutiny; unless backing the winning horse by tripping up it's opponents rates as great service.

Chris Wimpress

Polls Close In London - Low Turnout, Tactical Voting Expected

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Wimpress | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Politics

Polls have closed in the London Mayoral and Assembly election and while there is no formal exit poll, Boris Johnson is widely expected to have retaine...

What About Women in London?

Ceri Goddard | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ceri Goddard

The capital city's four million women residents are more likely to live in poverty, experience a wider pay gap, and are less likely to work once they have children than women living elsewhere. In fact, London has the lowest level of maternal employment in the country: just over half of the city's mothers with dependent children work - compared to almost two thirds across the UK.

Forget Boris and Ken - Vote for Me

Siobhan Benita | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Siobhan Benita

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.

Is It Time for an End to Party Politics at City Hall?

Tom Edwards | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Edwards

As I leave her grandiose adopted office on the Southbank, I can't help but think that if such an outsider as Siobhan Benita were to make it into City Hall at the expense of the megabucks political play-makers, then it must surely be a victory not just for her, but for democracy too.

Oddbins Wine Guide To London Mayoral Election

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

Londoners who are still wondering which way to vote in the mayoral elections next week can at least enjoy an insightful tipple while they ponder their...

Lord O'Donnell Slams 'Pathetic' Decision To Exclude Siobhan Benita From Debates

Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Politics

The former head of the civil service has attacked the BBC and ITV for their "pathetic" decision to exclude independent candidates from their London Ma...

Dina Rickman

The Independent London Mayoral Candidate Who's Making Headway

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics

Independent London Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita is having a very good campaign so far. Despite getting a fraction of the airtime enjoyed by Boris...

Boris And Ken Get Rowdy Over London Riots

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

Mayor Boris Johnson was caught in a fiery exchange with Ken Livingstone on Wednesday night, accusing his Labour opponent of "playing politics" over la...

46 Days to Go - Young People Are an Asset to This City

Siobhan Benita | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Politics
Siobhan Benita

Today is Mother's Day and as a mother myself I want to say one thing, "Children and young people in London are a huge asset to this city."

A Very Humbling Visit

Siobhan Benita | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Politics
Siobhan Benita

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.

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

Siobhan Benita | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics
Siobhan Benita

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