My name is Andrew Achilleos and I’m seeking the support of Labour members to be selected as the 2020 candidate for Havering and Redbridge. Having lived and worked in the area for most of my life I know just how much the people of Havering and Redbridge need a strong Labour voice to represent their interests in City Hall.
I grew up in Redbridge, living in Gants Hill then Clayhall for most of my youth. I was educated at Gearies Junior then Valentines High School before heading to Havering College and Canterbury to get my degree in Politics and History.
I’m not your typical candidate – I am a working-class lad with real life experience who started out down the markets in Walthamstow and Harringay. I grafted all through my education and as a result I know the value of a good work ethic and have strong Labour values.
Like many in London, my life hasn’t been plain sailing. I know what it’s like to make the choice between eating or paying the bills, and I also found myself homeless for a number of years – a low priority for council housing, whilst not earning enough to rent privately.
These aren’t unique experiences, mine is a story shared by young people across the city and in Havering and Redbridge.
In my working life I have made a name for myself as a successful Campaign Organiser, and I have built a career out of beating the far-right at the ballot box. I was elected to the council in Barking and Dagenham last year based on my record of delivery and I have spent the last 16 months working on policing and crime campaigns, planning policy and green infrastructure projects.
I want to be your candidate and London Assembly Member so that I can take Labour policy and local voices to City Hall.
I will be a strong advocate for Havering and Redbridge, making sure that the outer boroughs are not forgotten in the 2020 Labour manifesto for London.
My priorities will be fighting for truly affordable council housing, more investment in policing, a cleaner and greener environment and a fairer, fully functioning transport system that works for the outer boroughs.
Read my priorities to find out more about what I stand for, why members should vote for me, and why I am the candidate to deliver the first ever Labour victory for Havering and Redbridge.