Janani (Jan) Jananayagam (Tamil: ஜனனி (ஜான்) ஜனநாயகம்) 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]

Janani Jananayagam
Personal details
BornJaffna, Sri Lanka[1]
NationalityBritish
Political partyIndependent
ResidenceLondon[2]
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Imperial College London
INSEAD
OccupationProject Manager
Websitehttp://vote4jan.org/beta/

Early lifeEdit

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 master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD business school.[5][6]

Professional careerEdit

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.[7] Jananayagam has written columns in the Tamil Guardian that focused on Sri Lanka's treatment of Tamils.

European Parliament candidateEdit

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.[8] The main policies on which she campaigned on were:[9]

  • 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.[10]

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%).[11] This was more than the combined vote for all other independent candidates across the whole of the UK.[12] Her £5000 deposit was returned, as she got more than the 2.5% threshold in the vote.[8]

Votes received by Jan for each London borough:

Borough Votes % Pos Borough Votes % Pos Borough Votes % Pos
Barking and Dagenham[13] 386 1.08% 10th Hammersmith & Fulham[14] 140 0.35% 13th Lewisham[15] 1,992 3.76% 8th
Barnet[16] 1,234 1.51% 8th Haringey Newham[17] 3,520 7.40% 3rd
Bexley[18] 378 0.62% 11th Harrow[19] 6,856 11.00% 3rd Redbridge[20] 4,910 7.81% 6th
Brent[21] 4,867 8.33% 5th Havering[22] 203 0.33% 13th Richmond upon Thames[23] 147 0.28% 13th
Bromley[24] 619 0.71% 9th Hillingdon[25] 2,433 3.96% 7th Southwark[26] 163 0.30% 13th
Camden[27] 121 0.26% 15th Hounslow[28] 1,054 2.09% 8th Sutton[29] 1,664 3.40% 7th
Croydon[30] 3,128 3.87% 8th Islington[31] 128 0.30% 15th Tower Hamlets[32] 109 0.24% 16th
Ealing[33] 4,716 6.51% 6th Kensington & Chelsea[34] 70 0.26% 15th Waltham Forest[35] 1,493 2.86% 8th
Enfield[36] 1,194 1.83% 8th Kingston upon Thames[37] 2,150 5.16% 6th Wandsworth[38] 928 1.35% 8th
Greenwich[39] 773 1.53% 9th Lambeth[40] 176 0.31% 14th Westminster[41] 100 0.27% 16th
Hackney Merton[42] 3,960 7.95% 6th City of London[43] 4 0.19% =14th

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=10854
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  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  25. ^ "Hillingdon declaration" (PDF). London Borough of Hillingdon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
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  30. ^ "Croydon declaration" (PDF). Croydon Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
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  33. ^ "European Elections 2009". Ealing Council. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  34. ^ "European Parliamentary Elections on 4 June 2009". Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Archived from the original on 13 June 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  35. ^ "European election results". Waltham Forest Council. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
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  38. ^ "Wandsworth declaration" (PDF). Wandsworth Borough Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  39. ^ "Greenwich declaration" (PDF). Greenwich Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  40. ^ "Lambeth declaration" (PDF). Lambeth Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  41. ^ "Westminster declaration". Westminster City Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  42. ^ "Merton declaration" (PDF). Merton Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  43. ^ "City of London declaration". Westminster City Council. Retrieved 9 June 2009.

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