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Linda Bellos
Writer / Political Activist
Former Lambeth Council leader and Black Jew, London

Raised in Brixton, Linda Bellos is currently co-chair of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police Service, and chair of Southwark Anti- Homophobic Forum.

She has been involved in grass roots groups for over 30 years and has been actively involved in lesbian politics since 1980. She gained public recognition as part of Greater London Council’s women’s unit and as vice chair of her local Labour Party’s Black section. She was one of the organisers of the first Black lesbian conference in 1985, and also helped to organise an early Black feminist conference called We are Here in 1983.

Elected leader of Lambeth Council in 1986, her political philosophy has centred around 2 key issues, the involvement of working class people in decision making and equal opportunities. Among the many initiatives she undertook while leading Lambeth council was to increase representation of Black contractors from 2 to 100.

In the 90s she forged a new career in broadcasting for Greater London Radio. She has also been coordinator of the Global Trade Centre in London which exists to increase the trade between the Black communities in the UK and internationally.

Linda is a mother and grandmother and looks forward to forming a new group, Radical Lesbian Grandmothers!

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