Name: Miranda Williams (Labour)
Please can you tell Greenwich.co.uk readers a little about yourself.
I'm 27 and have lived in the Borough for 4 years, as well as being an active member of our community I am also a school Governor at Fossdene Primary School, Charlton.
After graduating from university I worked for the Department of Work and Pensions in a JobCentre Plus before moving to work in London as a Caseworker for a Member of Parliament.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and knitting as well as following Forest Green Rovers from a distance.
I have been a member of the Labour Party for 11 years.
Why does it matter that people vote in council elections?
It matters that all people eligible to take part in any election vote. Voting is the only way that you can choose your representatives who make important decisions about your community.
Politics effects everyone in all parts of our lives so if you value the things that are part of our daily lives such as our clean streets, good local schools and our recycling scheme then you need to take part our democratic system and vote to elect your local representatives.
Why are you standing to be a councillor?
Having worked in Parliament for the last four I have seen how effective hard working elected representatives can be. I also believe that working together as a community produces results far beyond what can be achieved when we work alone.
I believe I have the energy combined with the skills necessary to work with our community to promote the interests of Peninsula residents and to continue to work to make our community an excellent place to live.
What do you like most about the area you wish to represent?
There is very little that I don't love about the area! Greenwich Park, along with the Pleasaunce in East Greenwich as well as the O2 I would say are my top 3 favourite 'things'. But on top of that I love the diversity of our Borough and the feel of the area on Marathon Day.
If elected, what would be your priorities for the Peninsula ward over the next four years?
To ensure that the Olympics in 2012 is an enjoyable and positive experience for all our residents as well as the many expected visitors.
I will work hard to ensure that new housing developments always have a balanced mix of homes offered at social rents, opportunities for shared ownership as well as those for sale at full price. I want to make sure that people growing up in this area have the best chance of living here for the next generation.
To be an approachable and effective Ward Councillor for all the residents of Peninsula.