Your Labour Councillors

Hackney Downs ward is represented by three Labour councillors: Cllr Michael Desmond, Cllr Rick Muir and Cllr Anna-Joy Rickard, who were all elected on 22nd May 2014.

Cllr Michael Desmond
Michael Desmond has been a Labour Councillor for Hackney Downs Ward since 2002, and was previously on the Council from 1990 to 1998. Michael is currently the Speaker of Hackney for 2013-2014 and you can read about his charities and work as Speaker here.

Michael lives locally in Clapton and has lived in Hackney for 23 years. His family has local roots in the borough dating back to 1857! Michael works as Co-ordinator of House the Homeless, a scheme that provides accommodation for homeless families in South London. He is a member of the GMB trade union and the Co-Op Party. He is an active member of Hackney Synagogue.

As a local councillor, Michael was founder of Clean Up Clapton – each year Clean Up Clapton Day is held to highlight improvements in the area, promote and clean it! He continues to be Chair of Clean Up Clapton, which has contributed to a better environment and a significant decrease in the level of crime.

Cllr Rick Muir
Rick has lived in Hackney for the last nine years and has been a councillor for Hackney Downs since May 2010.  He is a Governor at Benthal School and is on the Advisory Board of Linden Children's Centre. He is the co-chair of the Nightingale Regeneration Steering Group. Rick regularly attends TRA meetings and residents groups meetings across the ward. He is the Chair of the Governance and Resources Scrutiny Commission.

He is Associate Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research.  Rick was formerly a lecturer in Latin American Politics and did his PhD on politics in Chile and Uruguay.  Before going to university he taught English for a year in Cuba.  He is a member of the Unite and Community trade unions, the Fabian Society and the Co-operative Party.  You can follow Rick on Twitter here.

Cllr Anna-Joy Rickard

Anna-Joy has worked for a decade creating opportunities for young people in the UK and abroad. This has included working with UK young people living in homes with drug and alcohol misuse, campaigning on behalf of trafficked children in the UK and supporting schools in Latin America and Africa to tackle youth unemployment. She lives in Hackney Downs, is a governor of Nightingale Primary School and a volunteer for Foodbank.

She is also the founder of No One Ever Told Me About Politics, an initiative making politics make sense to people in their 20s and 30s.