Philip Glanville elected Mayor of Hackney
Philip Glanville has been confirmed as the new Mayor of Hackney, after receiving 69% of the vote in the election on Thursday 15 September.
A ward councillor in Hoxton West for 10 years, Philip spent two years as Cabinet Member for Housing before becoming Deputy Mayor earlier this year. He is the borough’s second directly elected Mayor, and succeeds Jules Pipe, who resigned from the post in July, after being appointed Sadiq Khan’s Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Regeneration.
At 36, Philip is the youngest elected mayor in London.
I want to thank everyone who voted for me. I’m thrilled to have been elected Mayor of Hackney. Hackney is the most diverse, cultural and exciting borough in London, but more importantly it’s my home, and I want to make this a place where every resident has the chance to succeed and benefit from the changes that have happened over the last decade or so.
It’s going to be a huge challenge, especially in the current climate, as government cuts continue to hammer local government hard, but I’m confident that, with the support of my cabinet and our team of officers, that we can continue to make a real difference: standing up for Hackney and making sure that it truly is a place for everyone.
As Cabinet member for Housing, he oversaw the delivery of genuinely affordable homes, with 1,670 new homes for rent, shared ownership and low-cost ownership set be delivered by the Council and its partners over the four years from 2014. As Mayor, Philip has committed the Council to doubling the number of council homes built from 2018, and for Hackney to become the first borough in London to build 500 Living Rent homes – where no-one pays more than a third of their income in rent.
He said: "Housing is the number one priority for so many people in Hackney. Too many of us are being priced out, too many are languishing on the waiting list for council homes, living in poor private rented accommodation and far too many desperate families are struggling in temporary accommodation. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved to date, but a key theme of my mayoralty will be to build on our record and do so much more.”
Employment, skills and education are also a key priority for the new mayor: “Hackney’s schools have been transformed and we now have some of the best schools in the country. I’m concerned about the impact the government’s education reforms might have on our education system. Forced academisation, cuts to funding, the return of grammar schools; in Hackney we’ve proven that measures like these aren’t needed to improve standards in education, and I intend to fight these. We also need to ensure that we actively help young people into careers and that all residents, whatever their age, have the skills and support they need to get into employment, return to work or start a business.”
The new mayor has also pledged to be an accessible mayor with regular surgeries, visits to ward forums and ‘meet your mayor’ events.
Philip previously worked for an HIV charity in Old Street and in various roles in Parliament. He was born in Hillingdon, moving to Worcester in the Midlands aged eight, before moving back to London in 1999 to go to university, and moving to Hackney in 2003. He married his husband Giles in 2014.
Details of Mayor Glanville’s Cabinet team will be announced next week
The full election results are:
Philip Glanville (Labour) 22,595 – 69%
Amy Gray (Conservative) 3,533 – 11%
Samir Jeraj (Green) 4,338 – 13%
Dawa Ma (One Love Party) 494 – 2%
Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats 1,818 – 6%
Total turnout: 18.6%