“I’ve been in jail, I’ve been involved in gangs, I used to deal drugs” – that’s not your ordinary pitch from a candidate, but then Pauline Pearce is no ordinary candidate.
She shot to national attention after her impromptu speech attacking rioters was filmed and put on YouTube last summer, but already had an impressive record of turning her own life around and helping others to do the same.
Despite approaches from other political parties, Pauline Pearce decided to join the Liberal Democrats, and is standing in the forthcoming Hackney Central by-election.
I met Pauline at a local party fundraiser (the one with the excellent raffle) and which ended with her singing. Not a way of ending an event that many candidates can bring off, but she certainly can. I do wonder quite what she’s like out canvassing with her love of song and dance…!