Ruby Sayed speaks for Temple and Farringdon Together at #CityVote2017 Wardmote


At yesterday’s Farringdon Without Wardmote, Ruby Sayed addressed the audience of electors on behalf of the Temple and Farringdon Together team, setting out our vision for the City and the Ward:

“What makes Temple & Farringdon Together different?

  • We have a huge respect for the traditions, history and global importance of the City
  • But we are also acutely aware of the importance of being accountable to voters and the wider community – particularly against the back drop pf current economic and political challenges – and of course BREXIT.

The TFT team of 10 candidates is made up of professionals, business owners and residents. Collectively we have lived and worked in the City for a long time and are all well established and have a deep understanding of the City and our Ward

We are a diverse and varied group from different backgrounds, all with a genuine interest and commitment to the City.

With many candidates standing for election in the same Ward making a differentiated and objective voting decision can sometimes be difficult.

By standing on a united platform of Temple and Farringdon Together, we hope you will know who we are and what we stand for when voting tomorrow.

So, who are we and what makes us worthy of your vote?

We are 6 current and established Councillors with a strong track record which speaks for itself; and standing for election for the first time are 4 well respected Temple Barristers.

Can I firstly introduce our current Councillors.

We have:

George Abrahams

John Absalom

Greg Lawrence

Paul Martinelli

who are all successful business owners in Smithfield Market and are highly respected by their colleagues and residents in the Smithfield area. They are committed and hardworking Councillors, not only representing the interests of Smithfield but the Ward as a whole.

For example, Paul, along with Wendy Mead and Edward Lord (our other current Councillors on the TFT team) lead the campaign to reverse the decision to close Tudor Street. They advocated fiercely alongside our new Alderman Gregory Jones and with the support of Oliver Sells QC.

George, John, Greg & Paul are all proactive on various committees and their dedication to the City is backed up by commercial experience and Not For Profit public service.

Wendy Mead – was prominent in saving Bart’s Hospital from closure.  She serves on and Chairs a number of committees and unsurprisingly has been elected to the senior role of Chief Commoner which commences in April.

Edward Lord, our last but not least, serving Councillor is a City resident and has been a strong advocate of ethics, equality and diversity and better governance and transparency in the City. He is a non-executive director for several companies and public bodies & magistrate.

Then there are 4 of us new comers to the elections, albeit not new to our Ward!

Can I introduce:

Oliver Sells QC – leading criminal practitioner at 5 Paper Buildings and Recorder at the Old Bailey. – very active member and Bencher of Inner Temple, who served on the Bar Council for 8 years

Caroline Addy – member of 1 Brick Court specialsing in media, defamation, privacy and harassment – is a friend of the Refugee Council, volunteer defence council for students of her Inn was also involved in the Commonwealth Press Union Legal Advice Scheme.

Will Upton – member of 6 Pump Court and specialises in planning, environmental and local government law. Will promotes sustainable development and better environmental quality. He has served on the UK Environmental Law Committee and serves on the committee of the Local Government and Environment Bar Assocation.

Ruby Sayed – member of 1 Pump Court specialising in Family and Children Law. Entrepreneur and run 2 small business in the hospitality sector and renewable energy infrastructure finance. Chair of Asian Women’s Resource Centre and Bury St Edmonds’ Women’s Refuge. I have campaigned for 20 years for the rights of Women and Children.

Between us, we bring a wealth of experience, individual strengths, skills and expertise, which we believe will serve our constituents and the City well.

Together we believe we can make a real difference in representing the diverse communities in the City.

  • We want all of our constituents to feel included and be included.
  • We will stand up for and champion fairness & transparency – equality & diversity.
  • We hope you will find us approachable, down to earth and easy to talk to.
  • We hope you will feel confident to come and talk to us about issues that affect you.

If elected, we promise to listen; and do what we can to help –  be a voice for you and represent you to the best of our abilities.

We will consult with you on important issues so that your views are properly and fairly represented.

You will have all received our booklet – this was prepared after consulting with both residents and workers in this area and identifying some of the main issues affecting us all.

These issue include:

  • Supporting and improving our working and living environment;
  • Addressing traffic, transport & congestion issues! – ensuring that the City is accessible to all, especially to people with mobility issues and other disabilities.
  • Fighting to keep business rates reasonable so that large and small businesses can thrive and co-exist.
  • Having Courts that are accessible and fit for purpose.
  • Promoting London’s 3 wholesale markets and ensuring that they are supported and sustained.

We want to have an improved recycling service for residents and businesses alike which are workable and economically viable.

We want to ensure and continue fighting for proper access to the Temple.

Traffic and congestion is a major issue. We will address this by pressing for greater controls and better planning of road works – and the introduction of consolidated deliveries to businesses in the City to ensure that white vans and HGVs do not block our streets.

We do not support all vehicles being banned from the Bank area, in particular taxis and blue badge holders. This is not a sensible solution because the area needs to be accessible and user friendly for all – by both private and our public transport system.

Air pollution is another big issue and Wendy Mead has already introduced a low emission neighbourhood – but more needs to be done. We will work with the Corporation and consult with you on what further action can and should be taken.

Businesses and resident suffer with poor broadband speed and limited WIFI infrastructure. We welcome the news that the Corporation has entered into new contracts to improve these but will push hard for this to be implemented in the City as soon as possible.

The City has historically always innovated and this has produced great wealth supported by a regulatory, financial and legal infrastructure which is the envy of the world. This wealth must continue to be generated and managed and used responsibly. So;

  • We will be calling for enhanced primary and urgent care facilities to be implemented at Bart’s Hospital.
  • We also support investment for those in need, from more housing, investment in education and improved social care for children, young people and adults.
  • The Prime Minister has prioritised tackling domestic violence and we will be re-enforcing the need for prevention and more protection for all victims of domestic abuse. We will press the City to fund emergency refuges and support services for victims of all genders and ages.


  • For hundreds of years the City of London has overcome challenges and upheaval. Recent international events and developments have created significant political and economic uncertainty
  • Temple and Farringdon Together intends to work with the Corporation to assist Government in ensuring that London remains THE dominant global economic platform.

I hope Temple and Farringdon Together can count on your support to enable us to deliver on our objectives and represent your best interests.”

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