In over 30 years of Labour Party membership, I've had the immense privilege of fulfilling a number of roles across our movement. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Labour Party member since 1988.

  • NEC Member, representing CLPs, from 2010 to 2012.

  • Parliamentary Candidate for Aldershot in 2001 – increasing the Labour vote against the tide – and Castle Point in 2005 – exposing a racist local Tory campaign in the national media.

  • Hackney Labour Councillor from 2002 to 2014 and Chief Whip for seven years – a key player in bringing political stability which has led to massive service improvements in a previously failing hung council. Chair of Health Scrutiny 2010-2014.

  • Campaign Manager in the Hackney Borough elections in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, increasing the number of Labour seats from 29 to 50, and in the London elections in 2008 and 2012.

  • Vice-Chair of Hackney North CLP for 13 years (previously a CLP Officer in Bristol West CLP). Membership Secretary of Oxford Labour Party 2015-2017.

  • Member of the London Labour Regional Board, elected by CLPs, 2008-2010.

  • Full-time Agent for Rt Hon Frank Dobson MP in the 1997 General Election and prior to that National Secretary of Labour Students.

  • Member of Unite, the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society.

  • Active trade unionist for 27 years – including seven years as a member of Amicus London Regional Political Committee.