I am immensely proud to be standing as the Liberal Democrats Mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets. Before you decide to vote for me you would probably like to know a bit about me and what I stand for.
I was born in Devon and grew up in Nottingham. There's me, my younger brother, Mum, Dad and our dog Buddy in the family now. Once I finished university, I moved to London to intern for Baroness Lynne Featherstone who was then the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. After this, I spent six and a half years working in financial services regulation and two years ago moved into consulting. I now help companies work out how technology can make them more efficient and better places to work.
Why the Liberal Democrats
I grew up in a pretty poor and deprived part of the country. The chances I got through my education are why I'm here today and why I joined the Lib Dems - we believe in making sure young people get the support they need right from starting school to when they leave, and giving everyone the chance to achieve their potential.
Working in the community from a young age
I’ve always been keen on getting stuck in and helping out in my local community. I started on my local Youth Council at 17, and was a Youth Trustee on the Board of Connexions back in Nottingham. We did everything from influencing how youth services were run to helping choose the design of the town's Market Square. Locally, I've been campaigning to get graffiti removed from around the Limehouse Cut canal; supported anti-racism campaigns and marches. I have also been working to hold the Council to account after they received a failing Ofsted report for their children's services to ensure our children have a brighter future.
Like many of you, I'm tired of seeing our borough dragged through the headlines for all the wrong reasons - I'm fighting for a borough to be proud of.
We've spoken to thousands of residents of Tower Hamlets, and devised a Six to Fix plan to fix the issues people care about the most. You can read our Six to Fix plan for Tower Hamlets here.