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London alumni event - running for mayor

London mayoral candidate and Warwick alumna Siobhan Benita (BA German Studies 1991-95) joined politics professor Wyn Grant at an event for the Warwick London Alumni Network in October.

Siobhan provided a fascinating insight into what motivated her to run for Mayor (fed-up with the dishonesty of the current political system, a lack of strong female role-models in government), the opportunities it offered (a post offering an almost unique opportunity to influence the lives of Londoners, with “a shocking lack of accountability”) and going up against the strong party machines (the media, even the BBC were pressured by the political parties into restricting coverage of independent candidates).

Professor Grant talked about his recent work on elected mayors as Chair of the Warwick Commission – and the audience took part in a wide-ranging and engaging Q&A that went on late into the night.

You can make contact with other alumni in the area by joining the London Alumni Facebook page.

Siobham Benita