Your local Labour action team in Hampstead Town
Rachel Agnew has been a local resident for several years, having come here as a young woman from Ireland. Rachel is a legal aid barrister and has spent many years volunteering to help vulnerable people access justice, and prisoners appeal wrongful convictions. Rachael is passionate about the cuts to legal aid, and the Coalition’s policy of limiting the situations in which people can get access to representation, and part of her motivation for becoming Labour’s candidate was to use this platform to campaign against these changes. She is also passionate about Hampstead and hopes to use her skills in advocacy and campaigning to represent the people of Hampstead.
Madhavan is running in his local ward of Hampstead Town. A member of the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency Labour Party executive, he has lived with his wife, and now their daughter, in Hampstead for almost a decade.
As a television editor, Madhavan has worked on a number of prime-time programmes but particularly enjoys working on political chat shows, with the insight and access this gives him to policymakers.
He a proud resident of Camden who stood in the Hampstead Town by-election in September 2012, and is also a vice-chair of governors at Beckford Primary School.
Luca has been Chair of Governors at Torriano Junior School for about 10 years. Under his leadership, the governing body selected and inducted two headteachers, one acting headteacher and one deputy headteacher. The school was twice judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted (2005 and 2009). Since 2009, Luca also chaired Camden’s Chairs’ & Governor’ Forum, where he aimed to strengthen the Camden “family of schools” in the face of the coalition government’s attempts to centralize school oversight and weaken local accountability. Luca has been working closely with council officers and elected members to improve further the quality of state education in Camden, which is already amongst the best in the country.
A keen cyclist, Luca has been a champion of sustainability and healthy living for years, and has been a trustee of a Camden charity supporting human rights in Palestine. He is now participating in a EU programme to improve governance in the voluntary sector, run by Voluntary Action Camden. Luca was born in Milan, has three adult children and works as a freelance translator and interpreter. He tweets (in a personal capacity) as @Luca0Salice.