Jan Jananayagam

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Janani Jananayagam
Personal details
Born Jaffna, Sri Lanka[1]
Nationality British
Political party Independent
Residence London[2]
Alma mater University of Manchester
Imperial College London
INSEAD
Occupation Project Manager
Website http://vote4jan.org/beta/

Janani (Jan) Jananayagam (Tamil: ஜனனி (ஜான்) ஜனநாயக) is a British Tamil banking professional, activist and politician. She was an independent candidate for the London region in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jan was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka but spent most of her youth in Nigeria and Zambia where her parents were teachers.[1] Later she and her parents emigrated to the United Kingdom.[4] She studied at the University of Manchester and graduated with distinction in Computing and Information Systems. She later received a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD business school.[4]

Professional career[edit]

After a period in computing research and development Jan moved into the banking industry. She currently works in the London and German offices of a leading Italian bank as a project manager. She is involved in the setting up of e-commerce ventures.[5] Jananayagam has written columns in the Tamil Guardian that focused on Sri Lanka's treatment of Tamils.

European Parliament candidate[edit]

Jan stood as an independent candidate for the London region in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections. She did not win a seat, but garnered 2.86% of the vote.[6] The main policies on which she campaigned on were:[7]

  • Civil rights and individual freedom
  • Financial transparency and effective regulation
  • Equality and diversity
  • Small businesses and entrepreneurship
  • Ethical foreign policy
  • Animal welfare

She campaigned against the British National Party.[8]

She had been endorsed by the Oscar-nominated musician Maya Arulpragasam (MIA).[1] MIA has started an online campaign in support of Jan and offered a free song.[1]

Despite winning many votes for an Independent, she did not win a seat against competitive parties. Jan came 8th out of the 19 parties/independents contesting London after receiving 50,014 votes (2.86%).[9] This was more than the combined vote for all other independent candidates across the whole of the UK.[10] Her £5000 deposit was returned, as she got more than the 2.5% threshold in the vote. [11]

Votes received by Jan for each London borough:

Borough Votes % Pos Borough Votes % Pos Borough Votes % Pos
Barking and Dagenham[12] 386 1.08% 10th Hammersmith & Fulham[13] 140 0.35% 13th Lewisham[14] 1,992 3.76% 8th
Barnet[15] 1,234 1.51% 8th Haringey Newham[16] 3,520 7.40% 3rd
Bexley[17] 378 0.62% 11th Harrow[18] 6,856 11.00% 3rd Redbridge[19] 4,910 7.81% 6th
Brent[20] 4,867 8.33% 5th Havering[21] 203 0.33% 13th Richmond upon Thames[22] 147 0.28% 13th
Bromley[23] 619 0.71% 9th Hillingdon[24] 2,433 3.96% 7th Southwark[25] 163 0.30% 13th
Camden[26] 121 0.26% 15th Hounslow[27] 1,054 2.09% 8th Sutton[28] 1,664 3.40% 7th
Croydon[29] 3,128 3.87% 8th Islington[30] 128 0.30% 15th Tower Hamlets[31] 109 0.24% 16th
Ealing[32] 4,716 6.51% 6th Kensington & Chelsea[33] 70 0.26% 15th Waltham Forest[34] 1,493 2.86% 8th
Enfield[35] 1,194 1.83% 8th Kingston upon Thames[36] 2,150 5.16% 6th Wandsworth[37] 928 1.35% 8th
Greenwich[38] 773 1.53% 9th Lambeth[39] 176 0.31% 14th Westminster[40] 100 0.27% 16th
Hackney Merton[41] 3,960 7.95% 6th City of London[42] 4 0.19% =14th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "MIA's endorsement expected to boost Jananayagam's MEP prospects". TamilNet. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Official list and contact details". UK Office of the European Parliament. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Candidates". UK Office of the European Parliament. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "British Tamil contests seat for European Parliament". TamilNet. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tamil campaigner Euro vote boost". BBC. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.independentnetwork.org.uk/research/independents-european-elections
  7. ^ "Policies". Vote4Kan. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Election Manifesto". TamilNet. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "European Election 2009: London". BBC News. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "European Election 2009: UK Results". BBC News. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.independentnetwork.org.uk/research/independents-european-elections
  12. ^ "European Parliamentary Election Results". London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Hammersmith & Fulham declaration". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Lewisham Council – Documents – European Parliamentary Election 4 June 2009". London Borough of Lewisham. Retrieved 12 June 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Barnet declaration". London Borough of Barnet. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "European Parliamentary Election results 2009". Newham Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Bexley declaration". London Borough of Bexley. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  18. ^ "European Parliamentary Election – Thursday 4th June 2009". Harrow Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  19. ^ "European Election results". Redbridge i. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Election results for Brent". Brent Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  21. ^ "Euro Election Results". Havering Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  22. ^ "Richmond upon Thames declaration". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  23. ^ "European Parliamentary Election 4 June 2009 – result of poll for the local counting area of Bromley". London Borough of Bromley. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  24. ^ "Hillingdon declaration". London Borough of Hillingdon. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  25. ^ "Southwark declaration". London Borough of Southwark. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  26. ^ "European Parliamentary election results". Camden Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  27. ^ "Hounslow declaration". London Borough of Hounslow. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  28. ^ "Election and other news". London Borough of Sutton. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  29. ^ "Croydon declaration". Croydon Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  30. ^ "European Parliamentary Election 2009". Islington Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  31. ^ "Results of the European Parliament Election for Tower Hamlets on June 4 2009". Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  32. ^ "European Elections 2009". Ealing Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  33. ^ "European Parliamentary Elections on 4 June 2009". Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  34. ^ "European election results". Waltham Forest Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  35. ^ "Enfield declaration". Enfield Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. [dead link]
  36. ^ "European Parliamentary Election 2009 – Results". Royal Kingston. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  37. ^ "Wandsworth declaration". Wandsworth Borough Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  38. ^ "Greenwich declaration". Greenwich Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  39. ^ "Lambeth declaration". Lambeth Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  40. ^ "Westminster declaration". Westminster City Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  41. ^ "Merton declaration". Merton Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  42. ^ "City of London declaration". Westminster City Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 

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