SKD & Wapping election candidate – Kirsty Finlayson, Conservatives

What’s your name?

Kirsty Finlayson

Kirsty Finlayson, Conservatives

What do you do for a living?


Where do you live?

Wapping Wall

What is your involvement with the SKD & Wapping community?

I’ve championed campaigns to prevent cuts to the 100 bus service and increase the number of CCTV cameras. I write regularly to TfL, the Mayor of London and the Council regarding transport, traffic and anti-social behaviour and I’m working with company events teams to address issues surrounding noise and anti-social behaviour during large events.

Having lived in four local apartment blocks, I regularly use our ward’s amenities. I attend a local gym before work and at weekends I run along the Thames Path before enjoying a coffee with my paper at St Katharine Docks. I value our village-style community.

Why should we vote for you? What difference will you make to SKD & Wapping?

Continuity, communication and caring.

I will continue Councillor Dockerill’s work (wildlife habitat: Ornamental Canal; flood prevention at Wapping Lane’s zebra crossing; re-installation of the canal lights; improvements to Tobacco Dock hotel hoardings; removal of abandoned cars).

I will prioritise Communication between the Council and residents so that the latter are informed and consulted on issues such as the Half Marathon ‘lock-in,’ out of action Overground lifts, and major events at Tobacco Dock.

Caring for residents: Labour call me anti-European. Not so! I used to work in the European Youth Parliament and will work for all residents, whatever their nationality.

Tower Hamlets has some of the worst child poverty in Europe. How would you and your party tackle it?

If I am elected, my focus on child poverty would centre on decisions of the Council in St Katharine’s & Wapping affecting local schools and community centres.

Councillor Dockerill campaigned for better school provision by pushing for greater Council transparency over the London Dock school site and over new free schools across the borough. I attended a consultation back in November 2017 where I raised residents’ concerns about the school potentially being single sex, and its proximity to a dangerous and polluted TfL road.

My party has doubled free childcare; our pupil premium programme supports two million disadvantaged schoolchildren.

What’s the best thing about SKD & Wapping?

Strolling down a cobbled street on a summer’s morning admiring our historic ward and realising I live in the best area in London!

Brexit: How did you vote?


Squirrel preferences: which are best?


Favourite musical and why?

Cats – because I love cats and I love how it depicts each cat’s different personality (I also love dogs for all you dog-walkers out there).

Favourite childhood toy?

I remember that I always got the fashionable toy about two years after everyone else in my class got it – I think it would have to be my yellow Tamagotchi which was well worth the wait.

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to eat as much as I wanted without gaining weight. Then I could satisfy my craving to eat pasta at Bordellos whenever I wanted!

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