London Elections: Siobhan Benita reflects on ‘fantastic journey’

01:13 05 May 2012

From relative obscurity, Siobhan Benita rose to become one of the more prominent voices of this mayoral election.

On a budget of just £5,000, independent candidate Mrs Benita managed to compete neck and neck with Jenny Jones and Brian Paddick until the final count when she came in fifth.

“For an unknown independent to become this close is a massive result for me so I am absolutely delighted,” she said in her speech afterwards,

“I want to say thank you to everyone.”

While many of the other candidates stayed hidden until the results were declared, Mrs Benita was seen throughout the day.

She remained hopeful for her future and that of independent candidates.

“It does show the time is right for new types of public leaders to come forward,” she said.

“We have achieved this with no party behind me, very little funding - just lots of passion and a really good range of policies

“On that I would also like to see some of the policies I have put forward which have resonated with the public - youth issues, education, growth - ensuring all of those are taken forward.

“Personally for me this has been a fantastic journey. I couldn’t have done it without my team. Thank you to them and a big thank you to everyone in London who put their faith in me and voted for me.

She added: “I am hugely thankful to my family - my parents, two beautiful daughters and very supportive husband.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Lily Allen has explained why she decided against being part of Band Aid 30 alongside Bob Geldof.

Read more

Made In Chelsea’s Cheska Hull has come clean about her struggle with depression.

Read more

Nicole Kidman has said at the premiere of Paddington that she loves playing the villain of the film.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Paddington

With Christmas comes a host of movies to the big screen, from festive family comedies to action blockbusters. Here is our pick of the best out next month.

The new legislation is being backed up by an anti-terrorism awareness drive by police forces nationwide.

More than 170,000 tweets have been posted in the last three days using the hashtag #CameronMustGo.

Computer firm Symantec discover malware so sophisticated, they say it suggests government involvement.

The tragic police shooting of a boy in Cleveland prompts state legislators in Ohio to consider new laws for replica guns.

TOP Stories

44 minutes ago
(Photographs by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images and Peter Gordon )

Two weeks ago, we reported on Tower Bridge’s dazzling new glass walkway, which allows visitors to look down onto the river and road below. It’s already been smashed.

Arsenal said the fan was removed from the Emirates Stadium after throwing the wine (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Usually when people say ‘claret was spilled’ at a football match it refers to a fight of some kind - but at Arsenal matches it appears to be literally the case.

Elizabeth Crockett, left,  in happier times. Her accident has left her traumatised and with multiple injuries [Photograph courtesy of Irwin Mitchell]

A woman who is lucky to be alive after she was hit by a lorry and dragged underneath it has asked witnesses to come forward to help her “battle for justice”.

London Bloggers

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bird says back up your data

What happened after a friend of mine lost basically everything he’d created in the last 5 years:

Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...