Get involved: send your pictures, video, news & views by texting TIMES NEWS to 80360, or email us
Library squatters' barrister chosen as Labour parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green
Sarah Sackman will contest the Finchley and Golders Green seat, currently occupied by Conservative Mike Freer
A barrister who supported the campaign to reopen Friern Barnet Library has been selected as a Labour parliamentary candidate.
Sarah Sackman will contest the Finchley and Golders Green seat, currently occupied by Conservative politician Mike Freer, at the 2015 general election.
Ms Sackman, a public law barrister who grew up in East Finchley, won a majority vote among local members to win the selection contest ahead of Catherine Tuitt and trade union-backed candidate Alon Or-bach.
Ms Sackman, a self-proclaimed "community campaigner", last year represented squatters who took over the closed Friern Barnet library in a bid to force its reopening.
The group lost their appeal against eviction at Barnet County Court but negotiated an agreement with Barnet Council which resulted in a community-run library being opened in the empty building.
Ms Sackman has been a Labour campaigner for the past ten years and is a Unite member and trade union supporter.
Labour’s selection in Finchley and Golders Green came under scrutiny in July when a leaked document revealed trade union Unite was backing prospective candidate Mr Or-bach.
The union became embroiled in controversy amid accusations it had flooded Labour Party groups in other constituencies with its own members in order to influence candidate selections.
Unite labelled the claims "Tory nonsense".
On her website Ms Sackman wrote: “As a proud member of Unite, I believe that trade unions play a vital role in protecting workers’ rights and wages.”
Comments are closed on this article.