I’ve been active in the Labour Party in one way or another for 20 years (the thought of having done anything for 20 years is quite draining), all in central London.
This includes being chair of Cities of London & Westminster CLP, where I stood for Labour in the 2001 general election. Then I moved to West Hampstead, and I’ve been involved in Camden politics since then. I chaired Hampstead & Highgate CLP and then Hampstead & Kilburn CLP (when it changed due to different boundaries) and contested council seats in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
From 2010 to 2014, I was a councillor in Kilburn, one of Camden’s most deprived wards. As a councillor, I’ve been proud to help save a centre for dementia sufferers, campaign successfully for more primary school places and fight the blight of payday lending in my area, amongst other things (like benches. Yes, benches).
I’ve worked for a trade union (rail union TSSA), in the non-profit sector and for private firms too – over the past decade or so, my professional specialism has been transport, but (as I hope this blog shows) I’m interested in lots of issues, especially housing, childcare, education and tackling low pay.
Outside politics, I have been a trustee on a number of community organisations, including a grant-giving charity, the Camden Arts Centre, and the Winchester Project, a highly successful youth and play project. I have also been a governor on a primary, secondary and special school and a trustee of my Synagogue, the largest Reform congregation in the country.
I’m a Londoner, born and bred – which is why so much of this blog has a focus on the capital. Fortunately, my wife and two daughters are Spurs fans too – so we often console each other!