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 London
borough elections in 2006, he is confident of returning to 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 London's antiques
areas from chains and high-street fashion outlets as a scandal.
"Every bit of individuality in our city is being hammered away,"
he said. "If we don't do something now London will become a clone
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 Archway Road called The
Green Room, which he opened in 2005. Although primarily
offering books and records, the curiosities currently on offer
include a Victorian haemorhoid removal device. Time Out
described it as the "most unusual shop in London".
Having originally trained as an auctioneer in his native
Ireland, Mr Lynch has lived in Britain for 21 years and been a
member of the Green Party for 19 years.
He spent 12 years running The Bargain Centre in East Finchley,
where he was a founder member of the East Finchley Traders
"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
As coordinator of the London Federation of Green parties, he
chairs their monthly meetings where, with Green activists not being
known for their verbal succinctness, he often has to use his gavel
to keep debates in order.
Should he be elected, the Green Party may well continue to hold
the balance of power over the Mayor's budget in the 25-strong