HACKNEY HEROINE: Pauline Pearce
A WOMAN who gained notoriety for fearlessly confronting vandals during the London riots has been selected to contest a Hertfordshire parliamentary seat this May.
Pauline Pearce, now known as the ‘Hackney Heroine’, made the announcement on her Facebook page last night (Feb 23) after being confirmed as the Liberal Democrats’ Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Hitchin and Harpenden.
The Hackney resident joined the party after winning over the nation with her no-nonsense attitude and was subsequently courted by all the major parties.
Pearce revealed that she chose leader Nick Clegg’s party because they were the only ones who treated her “like a human being” when it came to light she had served time for drug smuggling and called it the “party of second chances”.
However, she sensationally quit the race to become president of the party because of its “neanderthal views on race”, but said she would remain a member because she believed in Lib Dem values.
On Facebook she wrote: “I would like to announce officially that I am the selected PPC candidate for Hitchin and Harpenden.
“Thank you to all the members who attended tonight, for their kind and very warm reception. A massive thank you to Jon Whitehouse who kindly drove me back to London. I look forward to working with you all.
“To my friends and family who encouraged me to keep going and have always got my back, I love you all, but it's only just begun because I need your help now to knock some doors and help me on the campaign. Lol.”
The seat has been held by Conservative MP Peter Lilley since 1997. At the 2010 General Election, the Lib Dems were the second most popular party with 26.7 per cent of the vote, followed by Labour (13.6 per cent) then Ukip (3 per cent).
Pearce will challenge Lilley who will stand again as well as Labour’s Rachel Burgin, the Green’s candidate Richard Wise and Ukip’s John Stocker.
The seat is considered a ‘very safe’ Conservative seat, according to research published by Operation Black Vote (OBV) in partnership with The Voice.
Black and ethnic minority voters who represent about 9.6 per cent (9,562) of the population could make a significant impact on the outcome.
Pearce, the daughter of Bajan migrants, was raised in Hertfordshire and attended a local grammar school.