Christopher French

I’ve lived in London for 15 years. For ten of those, I’ve lived and worked in Lambeth. Lambeth is my home. Community, equality and fairness are of great importance to me. During the pandemic, I founded Lambeth Links, the LGBTQ+ forum for the borough. I am aware of the disparities faced by many
within this community and of systems letting them down including people with disabilities and Black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

I have gained a solid understanding of the borough’s organisations and service providers, including the council, the health service providers, social care and policing, holding them account. I sit on the Lambeth Black Thrive Partnership Board, as lead LGBTQ+ advisor. Being mixed race and gay, it is important to me to represent these intersections. I served as a Special Constable for Lambeth, giving me first-hand insight into the processes of the Met, good and bad. I now sit as an independent member of their Police Encounter Panel which provides feedback on policing encounters experienced by our residents.

This whole systems knowledge and understanding gives me an overview of the bigger picture for our residents. I want to use this knowledge and experience and apply it to help all residents of Waterloo and South Bank. A project manager by profession I also chair a national charity, LGBT Consortium, which provides me with both the professional and personal skills to represent my residents.

I helped to campaign in Waterloo for the LGA elections this year and secured a secondment to the Lib Dem’s Business Network from my current employer. This has given me a valuable understanding of local issues and of the Party. I am driven by community and making it better for all. I would relish the opportunity to stand for residents on these beliefs.

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