These are you local Councillors for Bloomsbury:
Cllr Adam Harrison
Adam was elected in May 2010 to represent Bloomsbury. He is particularly concerned to ensure the large amount of development taking place in the area is made to work for local people and to strengthen the strong communities in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia. Adam’s priorities for his ward include securing new park space, particularly in the Tottenham Court Road area, as well as new affordable housing. This has included fighting to ensure more of these things with developments such as the ‘Saatchi block’, the development of which was refused by Camden council but overturned by the mayor of London Boris Johnson. You can see Adam speak at City Hall against the development here.
Other priorities that he and ward colleagues work on include securing a site for a secondary school for the area – currently pupils from the area’s primary schools are scattered to over 40 different secondary schools across London – and taking up any other issues that crop up. He does the occasional blogpost here and tweets @AdamDKHarrison.
On the council he sits on the Children, Schools and Families Scrutiny Committee, the Health Scrutiny Committee, the Audit & Corporate Governance Scrutiny Committee, the Pensions Subcommittee and the Standards Committee. He is deputy whip of the Council’s Labour Group. His day job is as deputy editor of a magazine and website.
Mobile: 07584 407456
Cllr Rishi Madlani
Camden and Bloomsbury in particular has been Rishi Madlani’s home in London for his whole adult life. He first moved to the ward as a student in 2001, living in Passfield Hall, an LSE hall of residence located between Tavistock and Gordon Squares and has been here ever since! He now lives towards the south of Bloomsbury near the British Museum.
Within his first two months of arriving in the ward he was elected by the residents of Passfield Hall to be President of the hall committee and it is here that his long history of campaigning for the residents of Bloomsbury began. Over his time at Passfield he successfully led the campaign to fight its privatisation and successfully campaigned for 24 hour security cover across all the University of London halls of residence. During his time at LSE, he successfully campaigned for Affordable Accommodation and for the London Living Wage.
As a long standing resident who lives and has previously worked and studied in the ward he has been Chair of the Bloomsbury Labour Party for the last 4 years and an Observer to the Labour Group on Camden Council since 2009.
Rishi is a Governor of the London School of Economics and involved in setting the strategic direction of the University which has a strong presence in Bloomsbury and Camden. Rishi has been a school Governor, previously volunteered at Acland Burghley School, Camden for 4 years and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Haverstock Career Programme. Rishi is also Chair of the Bloomsbury Safer Neighbourhood Panel. In addition to his strong campaigning history and local involvement he also brings an in-depth knowledge of finance, economics and sustainable energy which will be invaluable for Camden Council.
Mobile: 020 7974 2792
Sabrina works for City University as their Social Media Officer. She’s previously worked as an education worker for a charity that aims to get disadvantaged children into higher education and in her current job finds time to work with the widening participation team to inspire girls into IT and computer based careers. She is also involved with her Unison branch and tries to recruit members to the union.
Aside from her time at University she’s spent her whole life in Camden. She lived on Grafton road as a child, went to Camden School for Girls and has worked in Kentish town. In the last local elections she stood in Haverstock and only missed out on being a councillor by 34 votes. The knowledge and experience from the 2010 campaign puts her in a good position to hit the ground running and join Rishi and Adam in campaigning for a Labour victory in Bloomsbury. Having run in an election before and coming so close she knows exactly what commitment is necessary to win and know the issues that come up on the doorstep.
Tel: 020 7974 2792
2nd/4th Friday of each month, 6-7pm
Marchmont Community Centre
62 Marchmont Street
1st Friday of each month, 6-7pm
Fitzrovia Community Centre
John Astor House
The Bloomsbury ward councillors also operate a regular roving surgery on the 3rd Friday of each month. If you would like them to visit a particular street or area of the ward please contact them directly by phone or email to let them know.
There are no surgeries in August or on Good Friday