Hackney Speaker welcomes The Voice winner Jermain Jackman

Jermain Jackman and Speaker Cllr M Desmond

Hackney Speaker Cllr Michael Desmond welcomed ‘The Voice’ winner, Jermain Jackman, home with a reception at the Town Hall.

On 8 June friends; family; entertainers and politicians alike came to celebrate Jermain Jackman’s recent success on the BBC Talent Show. The 19 year old Hackney resident captured the attention of over 6 million viewers with his impressive vocal range and passion for politics. 

Cllr Michael Desmond, Speaker of Hackney
Anyone can do something negative that is detrimental to the community, but Jermain has made a difference and it has been positive. Supporting the local people and the community Jermain has shown commitment to democracy and politics and of course great talent.
Cllr Michael Desmond, Speaker of Hackney

On his determination to follow both interests Jermain said: “I hate when people say I can’t do music and politics, ‘Yes I Can!’.“The media needs to focus on productive young people; this will send out a positive message and encourages others to do the same.”

Inspired into politics at a young age by a school visit from Diane Abbott MP, Jermain thanked her and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband for being inspirational role models in his political life.

Ed Miliband said: “Jermain is an incredible talent showing what so many other people in Hackney can do. He is a credit to the community. We think you’re great and can do great things.”

Other guests included actor Rudolf Walker, vocal coaches Ali Tennant and Jay Henry, The Voice contestant Emily Adams, Deputy Speaker of Hackney Cllr Antoinette Bramble and retired Superintendent Leroy Logan.