This article was first published in the Hackney Gazette. To read the latest edition, see here.
A big welcome to the new Mayor of Hackney – Caroline Woodley. She is a formidable campaigner, dedicated public servant, and tireless champion of Hackney. I know she will always protect and fight for Hackney.
But after thirteen years of Conservative government, austerity, and deep cuts to local authority budgets, she inherits a tough situation.