London has been my home for 20 years. I grew up in Manchester with Commonwealth immigrant parents who worked in the NHS. My background taught me values of peace, love, family and respect for Mother Earth, and prioritised education, which took me to Oxford University to study Law.
My whole life changed in 1999, during my professional training, when I became a young, single, working mother. No political party had policies to care for families like mine. I felt excluded and alienated from society and politics.
By 2015, I was lone parent of three children, supporting them as a human rights barrister, and active in voluntary work for equality in the legal profession, and my nursery and school communities.
Since I joined the Women’s Equality Party in 2015, I’ve stood for the Greater London Assembly in 2016, Parliament in 2017, Hackney Mayor and two local council seats in 2018. I was supported by childcare expenses and wonderful campaign teams. Our members also elected me to Policy Committee in 2016 as a National Spokesperson.
These opportunities sparked a burning drive to become the Women’s Equality Party’s first Greater London Assembly Member and make our policy dreams into everyday reality.