Siobhan Benita
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.

Blog Entries by Siobhan Benita

Comment... And a Bit of News

(3) Comments | Posted 29 May 2012 | (00:00)

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...

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Forget Boris and Ken - Vote for Me

(6) Comments | Posted 3 May 2012 | (00:00)

Well - this is it - Election Day. When I left my job to run as a candidate for Mayor of London, I had no idea how the campaign would go. It's been a truly remarkable four months. I have been to every borough, visited numerous charities, businesses, community groups...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2012 | (12:31)

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."

Let me say that again, only this time more loudly, "KIDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN LONDON ARE A HUGE ASSEST TO THIS...

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An Independent Voice

(2) Comments | Posted 11 March 2012 | (23:00)

Many journalists and commentators have bemoaned the fact that this year's mayoral election looked as if it was going to be a two-horse race, a ground hog day, an uninspiring re-run of 2008.

Well, on 30 March, Londoners will be told who they can vote for as their next Mayor...

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A Very Humbling Visit

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (23:00)

Last week was so busy on the campaign that I didn't have time to write a single blog. I'm surprised by how much that has troubled me. I have to admit that I may have developed a bit of a blogging habit, one which allows me to let off steam,...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (23:00)

On 6 January this year, I resigned from my position as a senior civil servant in Whitehall to run as an independent candidate in this year's Mayor of London election. You can read what I have been up to since then on my new website.

There are now...

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