The Co-operative Party’s Head of Communications and member of the Co-operative Group’s South London Area Committee, Martin Tiedemann, was last Thursday (17 January) elected as a Labour & Co-operative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Elected for Brixton Hill ward, home to Lambeth Town Hall and Brixton Prison, Cllr Tiedemann replaced former council leader Steve Reed, recently elected as Labour & Co-operative MP for Croydon North.
Reed and Lambeth Council have been pioneers of the ‘co-operative council’ approach. Martin Tiedemann, previously a councillor in neighbouring Croydon for eight years, brings experience of and commitment to the co-operative sector to the Council.
Councillor Martin Tiedemann said:
“It is a privilege to have been elected by Brixton Hill. Brixton is a place with a rich co-operative movement, with Brixton Energy, the Brixton Pound, Brixton Housing Co-op and the London Mutual Credit Union, and of course Lambeth Co-operative Council.
“I’ll be working to work with the co-operative movement and organisations like Move Your Money to harness the best ideas for the Co-operative Council. It is an exciting opportunity to put residents and staff at the heart of local services and building an ever stronger mutual sector in South London.”
Martin was elected with 63% of the vote, with a large swing from both the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.