Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett was born in Norwich and now lives in South London, in the Borough of Lambeth with his husband. He was educated at Eaton (City of Norwich) Comprehensive School, before going on to study European Studies (Politics and government) with French and Italian at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
After graduating, Adrian moved to London, and has since worked in both private and public sectors in the capital, firstly in the legal translation sector in the City, then joining Southwark Council in a variety of departments, Housing, Education, Strategy & Development and Children’s services, before returning to the translation industry in 2011. Currently Adrian works for a specialist multi-lingual recruitment firm, Euro London Appointments, based in the City.
Adrian joined the Liberal Democrats in 2006, and has stood to be a Local Councillor in both the last two local elections in 2010 and 2014. He is known for his local community work within Waltham Forest, as an active School governor at Acacia Nursery, however since moving to South London to be with his husband in Lambeth, Adrian sought to represent Vauxhall one of London’s most diverse constituencies in 2015, as the first ever openly HIV+ parliamentary candidate to stand at a UK General Election, and also stood on the same day in the Princes Ward local by-election coming a very credible 2nd place with 23% of the vote.
As a well-known and respected equality campaigner, Adrian led the Liberal Democrat campaign for Equal Marriage as Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, and the author of motion at the 2010 Lib Dem Conference - where the same-sex marriage campaign began, and concluded in December 2013, as the date for those first same-sex marriages was announced by the Coalition government as March 28th 2014. Adrian campaigned in the media, on the radio and in the press to ensure that the LGBT Community were given equal relationship status. Adrian then married his husband on the first anniversary of the Same-sex Marriage Act on the 28th March 2015. Adrian now has returned to be Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems for 2016.
As well as being on the Greater Assembly List for the Liberal Democrats, he has been selected to represent the GLA Constituency of Merton & Wandsworth. Commenting on his selection, Adrian said: “This is a crucial time for people in our GLA constituency of Merton & Wandsworth which has a range of local issues from housing and transport development to environmental concerns, but for me community cohesion is crucial, and therefore the level of hate crime, in all of its forms across the protected characteristics requires urgent action, and as an equality campaigner I will strive to fight for all diverse groups in our constituency area.”