Sarah Hayward

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Sarah Hayward
Leader of Camden Council
In office
9 May 2012 – 17 May 2017
Deputy Pat Callaghan
Preceded by Nasim Ali
Succeeded by Georgia Gould
Labour Group Leader on Camden Council
In office
10 May 2012 – 2 May 2017
Deputy Pat Callaghan
Preceded by Nasim Ali
Succeeded by Georgia Gould
Camden Borough Councillor
for King's Cross ward
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Serving with Abdul Hai, Jonathan Simpson
Preceded by Geethika Jayatilaka
Personal details
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Dan
Residence Kentish Town
Alma mater University of Hull

Sarah Hayward is a British Labour Party politician who was Leader of the London Borough of Camden from 2012 to 2017. She successfully challenged Nasim Ali for leadership of the Labour group in 2012.[1][2]

Early life and career

Hayward grew up in Oxfordshire in a single-parent family, in which her mother worked in low paid jobs and she worked as a 12-year-old to supplement her mother's earnings. She describes this as a defining moment attracting her to socialism.[3] She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in law and politics. She then moved to London and worked at Sainsbury's for two years, before joining a publishing company. She joined the Ministry of Defence before resigning in protest over the Invasion of Iraq.[3] Hayward says she was drawn to Camden by a "love of grungy pubs and even grungier music".

Political career

Before being elected, she worked for the London Labour Party and the Fawcett Society. She has represented the King's Cross ward since 2010 and entered Cabinet as Member for Communities, Regeneration and Equalities. [4] She currently serves as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board and a number of sub-committees.[5] In 2013 she strongly defended the council against a report by the Taxpayers Alliance[6] on Channel 5 News. In 2014, she sought to be selected as Labour candidate to replace retiring incumbent Frank Dobson; however, Keir Starmer was selected instead. [7] She has written a number of articles for The Guardian.[8]

Hayward supported Liz Kendall during the Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2015 despite the Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party endorsing Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn was the eventual winner, with Kendall coming last with less than 5% of the vote.

In 2016, Hayward saw off an unsuccessful leadership challenge by cabinet colleague Sally Gimson. [9][10]

She announced she was standing down from the leadership of Camden Council in April 2017.[11] She was succeeded by Georgia Gould, the daughter of the late Lord Gould.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Loading..." Camden New Journal. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Council leader Sarah Hayward: 'Having to lend mum money at the age of 12 was defining' - Politics - Hampstead Highgate Express". Hamhigh.co.uk. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Communities, Regeneration and Equalities
  5. ^ "Camden Council: Councillor details - Councillor Sarah Hayward". Democracy.camden.gov.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sarah Hayward says Tax Payers' Alliance report "is inaccurate" and Robert Oxley "is lying" – Fitzrovia News". News.fitzrovia.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Tim Lamden. "Council leader Sarah Hayward and Sir Keir Starmer bid to replace Frank Dobson - Politics - Hampstead Highgate Express". Hamhigh.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sarah Hayward". The Guardian. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Rachel Roberts. "Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward sees off challenge from within - Politics - Hampstead Highgate Express". Hamhigh.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Shock as Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward steps down – but who will take over?". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "'Proud' Lord Mandelson hails new council leader Georgia Gould". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
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