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Why Vote for Me?

Merlene Emerson at GuildhallThere are a number of candidates in the by-election but you will only have one vote. Please use that vote with care. You will be voting for someone to replace newly elected Alderman Emma Edhem in Candlewick who has had to vacate her seat as Council woman in Castle Baynard.

If you elect me, I pledge to work tirelessly for Castle Baynard, to listen to the concerns of residents, businesses and City workers and to adhere to the highest standards of probity and good governance.

I have in the past been involved in local politics and stood for the Greater London Assembly. I am now standing as an Independent so that I can better represent the views of the electorate regardless of your political affiliation.

As a former City Solicitor with Norton Rose, a CEDR accredited Mediator, Restorative Justice Practitioner and Trustee of a number of charities, I believe I have a proven track record and relevant skills and experience to be your Common Councilman. I am committed to promoting the City of London as a leading global financial centre and to leverage the resources in the square mile to be a force of good. We need to continue to attract and retain international talent especially given the uncertainy surrounding BREXIT.

Here is a link to various committees (ranging from Education to Finance to Standards Committees, from Community & Children's Services to Police to Policy & Resources Committees) many of which I would be privileged to be able to serve on. With my experience on the boards of Housing Associations I would be interested to keep a watch on the building standards and future development of housing post-Grenfell fire. I will also continue my philanthropic work via the many charitable projects championed by the City in Education, training and apprenticeships and in the Arts.

Your vote is important: APPLY FOR A POSTAL VOTE

If you are not sure if you are on the electoral register, you can check with the Electoral Services Office by emailing electoralservices@cityoflondon.gov.uk or by calling 0800 587 5537.

If you are an existing elector and wish to register to vote by post then please complete and return the Postal Voting Form below
The deadline for applications for postal votes is 5pm on 24 September 2018.

Please also see this link for more information regarding postal and proxy votes:

The Polling Station will be open from 8am - 8pm at the Shoe Lane Library, Little Hill House
Little New Street, London EC4A 3JR.

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What others have said:

Richard Rampton QCRichard Rampton QC

"Having been acquainted with Merlene for over 10 years, I have no doubt of her integrity, commitment and strong sense of public duty. I am sure that her experience as an international corporate and banking lawyer would be of benefit to the City and that her election would bring a valuable measure of equality and diversity to the Common Council."

[Editor's note: Richard Rampton QC was immortalised in the film "Denial" in the libel case of Deborah Lipstadt played by Rachel Weiss.]

Anti Brexit bus Anne and Merlene

Anne, EU Voter

"Since the EU Referendum, I have been campaigning with Merlene for an Exit from Brexit and for the rights of the 3 million. I am confident that as a Common Councillor Merlene will be able to achieve so much more for all of us."

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Prakash, City Worker

"I work near St Paul's Cathedral but did not know how the City of London Corporation worked till Merlene explained this to me. Like 80% of employees in the City we do not have the right to vote in the Common Council elections. So please vote for Merlene so that she can speak up for the voiceless and disenfranchised."

Tweet from Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote Sep 18

Tweet from Nick Hopkinson
Chair of European Movement branches, Vice-Chair @london4europe and past Director of Wilton Park

Sep 18