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South Londoner sets sights on City Hall

FRESH FACE: Councillor Florence Nosegbe hopes to join the GLA in 2016

BRIXTON-BORN Labour Councillor Florence Nosegbe has officially been selected to as Labour’s candidate to represent Lambeth and Southwark on the Greater London Assembly (GLA) next year.

The south Londoner who was raised and still lives on Somerlayton Estate has been a Brixton Hill ward councillor in Lambeth since 2006.

On her decision to run, the 35-year-old told The Voice: “I think it’s definitely to raise the profile about the assembly and assembly members.

“A lot of people have their focus on the mayor which is good but the assembly members are quite important as well in terms of what they can do and what exactly the assembly is about. For me, it’s also a case that there aren’t enough people that look like me there.”

After nearly a decade in local government, Nosegbe beat her closest rival Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle, the current Mayor of Southwark to be Labour’s lady of choice and the frontrunner and replace Val Shawcross, who is standing down after 16 years of service.

Nosegbe explained she was also committed to seeing an institution that Londoner’s could believe in. “There’s a lot of things that the mayor and the assembly are responsible for which effect everyday Londoners so I think it’s about people being able to know what’s going on in City Hall and making it work for them as well,” she added.

A former cabinet member for culture, sport and 2012 Olympics, Nosegbe’s work in the community she grew up in is more widely known for her efforts to tackle youth crime.

As a proud Brixtonian, the councillor also echoes the concerns of residents in the borough. Nosegbe said she hopes that election to the GLA will bring about changes needed to tackle those concerns.

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