Josh Babarinde OBE announced as Lib Dem candidate for Hampden Park by-election

The Eastbourne Liberal Democrats have announced Josh Babarinde OBE as their candidate for the Hampden Park by-election for Eastbourne Borough Council on May 6th 2021.

The by-election was triggered after Liberal Democrat Dean Sabri, who was first elected as a Borough councillor for the ward in 2019, stood down in January due to new work commitments.

Community campaigner Josh Babarinde OBE, who was born and bred in Hampden Park, built a career as a social entrepreneur working with ex-offenders and is on a mission to give back as a councillor.

Since the first lockdown, Josh has led the award-winning #EBtogether campaign, a volunteer effort to telephone over 5,000 shielding residents across Eastbourne and Willingdon to connect them with local support.

Local resident Josh also led a town-wide drive to source and donate video phones to care homes so that their residents could still keep in touch with their families when visits weren’t allowed.

He has also qualified as a COVID-19 vaccinator and is preparing to be deployed to a local vaccination centre to give jabs to those next on the list.

In the Queens 2020 Birthday Honours, Josh was made an OBE for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy.

Josh said: “It’s an honour to be standing for Eastbourne Borough Council in my home patch.

“If elected, I’ll be taking my ‘roll up your sleeves and get stuck in’ attitude to the Council to help lead Hampden Park’s fight against COVID-19, and our community’s recovery beyond the pandemic.”

Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt said:

“I’m delighted that Josh is our candidate in the Hampden Park by-election on May 6th. With such a strong record of giving back to our town, he is exactly the sort of advocate who will do local residents proud.”

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