HAVING conducted over 2000 sales, freelance auctioneer Noel Lynch is used to standing on a platform. But on May 1, he will be looking for votes rather than bids as he aims to win a seat in the London Assembly for the Green Party.
A swing of just 1.5 per cent would see Mr Lynch returned as the party's third candidate. He sat in the assembly for 13 months before losing out in the 2004 election where the Greens took 8.5 per cent of the vote.
But with environmental issues now taking greater prominence and with the Green Party averaging 13.5 per cent across the
Mr Lynch told ATG that as a member of the London Assembly he would do all he could to support small shops including art and antiques traders. He described the threats to the
"Every bit of individuality in our city is being hammered away," he said. "If we don't do something now
He also pointed out that the antiques trade could make more of its green credentials as it has been a cornerstone of the recycling industry for centuries.
When not on the campaign trail, Noel Lynch conducts sales for Hornsey Auctions and other salerooms on a freelance basis. He also runs a collectors' charity shop in
Having originally trained as an auctioneer in his native
He spent 12 years running The Bargain Centre in
"Small businesses are essential to a thriving local community," he said. "They are the glue of a community. It has even been shown that where there are many small businesses, there is less crime