Kate Pothalingam for Islington South and Finsbury

About Kate

Like many others, Kate was inspired to become more politically active by the EU Referendum in 2016. Bitterly disappointed by the outcome, she realised that simply talking about politics wouldn’t change anything; action was needed.  

One of the main reasons why Kate joined the Liberal Democrats in 2017 was because of the party’s clear and positive stance on Europe.   

However, the core liberal purpose of building and safeguarding a “fair, free and open society in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity” is what confirmed her choice.

Kate believes that reducing inequality is key. We need to close gaps in living standards and opportunities as a way of improving social mobility. The funding crisis in health and education exacerbates inequality, denying individuals the opportunity of better life chances.

Married to an immigrant and as a parent of mixed-race children, diversity, inclusion, tolerance and internationalism are core principles for Kate.

In 2016, over 70% of voters in Islington South & Finsbury voted to remain in Europe and since then the Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a People’s Vote. We won the European elections in Islington - clearly showing that Islington wants to remain. 

The best deal is the one we have now. Staying in Europe will be better for the economy and for public finances – providing a remain bonus of £50 billion that will help us build a brighter future.

Apart from wanting to stop Brexit, Kate’s policy priorities are:

  • Education - ensuring our schools have the funding and resources they need so that every child can reach their full potential;

  • Adult-learning: Providing adults with the opportunities they need to learn new skills and improve their ability to get and hold on to meaningful work

  • Health: Investing in the NHS as well as the long-neglected area of mental health so everyone can access the care they need, when they need it

  • Environment: Urgently acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging innovation to reduce the impact of pollution and tackle the climate emergency





About Kate

Kate has lived in Islington for over 30 years and is married to Ketish (who came to the UK from Sri Lanka in 1967). Their first home together was on St. Paul Street, just off the New North Road and they have 3 children, all of whom have grown up in the borough.

Her first job was for a charity in Clerkenwell. She has since spent 25 years working in financial services where she was an active member of womens groups and a mentor. Supporting and developing women to help them progress into senior positions in her field has been an important part of her professional life. Kate currently works part-time providing training.

An active campaigner

Kate was a full-time working parent until 2013 when she switched to part-time work. This provided an opportunity to get more involved in her local community as Treasurer of a residents’ association and Chair of a local amenity group, amongst other roles.

Kate also sits on the steering committee of the women’s network run by a finance industry trade association, continuing her efforts to support junior women in the sector.

Kate stood in the Local Elections in Highbury East in May 2018 and despite not winning a seat, the ward had the highest turnout of any in Islington, a testament to the enthusiasm and hard work of Kate and the local campaign team.

The project management skills Kate acquired during her 25-year long career and her track record working in the local community are solid foundations for her political future. Islington South & Finsbury needs an MP who will represent the views of local people, speaking up clearly in favour of remaining in Europe, with the backing of a party that is unequivocal in its support for an exit from Brexit.


Contact Kate

Kate knows that politics works best if we listen to each other, exchanging views and offering support where it’s needed:

[email protected]








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