I am a self employed barrister focusing on employment and commercial/civil law work. My main passion is employment law and particularly discrimination law cases brought under the Equality Act, a great Labour achievement. Paradoxically for a self employed person, appearing in employment tribunals has informed my view of the importance of secure work not only for monetary reasons but also contributing to a sense of self-worth.
I believe strongly in the power of education and the importance of aspiration for all. To this end, I am a school governor at a primary school in the London Borough of Camden (where the governing body has recently been graded as outstanding by OFSTED) and I have provided workshops on public speaking for the excellent charity IntoUniversity (http://intouniversity.org/) which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. At University I was involved in the Students Union as an access officer, encouraging people from what were then termed ‘non-traditional backgrounds’ to consider undergraduate study.
I am on the executive of the Fabian Society and last year was Chair the Young Fabians (www.youngfabians.org.uk). Over the course of 2011-12 we focused on the theme of intergenerational justice. Namely this alludes to the poor deal for the under 30s who face stagnant growth, lack of affordable housing and record levels of unemployment. In my view these problems must be urgently tackled with well thought out policies and shrewd investment if a crisis is to be averted. The Tory-led government has failed to provide either.
Recently I have been elected to the executive of the Society of Labour Lawyers. In addition to providing legal advice to the Labour party, the society plays a key role in ensuring access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it. It is an increasingly important campaign as Tory-led cuts mean many will not be entitled to the legal help they need.
I was born into one of those mixed race families that the Daily Mail doesn’t think exists. Having been brought up mainly in Tory heartlands , it was only natural that I became a Labour supporter. I have been a Labour party member since 2007.
I make no declaration about being left or right of the party or even blue or purple Labour (or whatever colour becomes fashionable in policy wonk circles). Instead, agree or disagree, I hope you find some of the entries thought provoking.