Florence Eshalomi AM has been a member of the London Assembly since May 2016. As a representative of the Lambeth and Southwark constituency - covering Streatham, Dulwich and West Norwood, Vauxhall, Peckham and Southwark and Old Bermondsey - Florence strives to put the issues that matter to local people firmly on the political agenda.
A Brixton Hill councillor for 10 years and a former member of Lambeth Council’s Cabinet, Florence is well attuned to advocating the needs of local people. During her time as Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and the Olympics, Florence was responsible for the delivery of the hugely popular Lambeth Country Show and chaired the Libraries Commission.
As a former Chair of Lambeth’s housing scrutiny committee, Deputy Cabinet member for communities and young people, and special representative for tackling youth violence, Florence has a strong record of tackling the big issues that matter to South Londoners. She is keen to pursue this work further on the London Assembly.
Florence resolutely believes public office should be truly representative and has led endeavours to boost youth representation in London politics. She led on introducing Lambeth Council’s youth mayor elections in 2007 and London Councils’ “Be a Councillor” campaign.
Prior to her election, she worked in a range of campaigning, public affairs and policy roles. Florence worked for the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Think Thank. She also worked for Four Communications – a leading communications agency, Islington Council and the Labour Party. She is a member of the London Regional Arts Council UK.
In her new role at City Hall, Florence is keen to put the political spotlight firmly on transport, policing, health, housing, equalities, culture, education and public services.