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My achievements are the achievements of the teachers and youth workers at Mulberry School and Tower Hamlets College. It was their belief in me that gave me my passport to opportunity – a place at Oxford University, and jobs in Parliament, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, and then as an Associate Director of the Young Foundation in Bethnal Green.
I helped set up Tower Hamlets Summer University, which has benefited thousands of young people and cut youth crime. I am a Governor of Tower Hamlets College, where I studied. I am a Commissioner for the London Child Poverty Commission, because it’s a scandal that so many children here in the East End and across London are living in poverty.
When I saw people in Tower Hamlets denied the help they needed because they couldn't speak English, I helped to develop “Languageline”, which has grown into a national telephone interpreting service in over 100 languages. It provides a lifeline for the most vulnerable in our communities. I have first hand experience of dealing with tough situations working to bring divided communities together in Burnley, Bradford and Oldham after the riots in 2001.
As your MP, I will:
If you would like to learn more about my campaign you can contact me on the following details:
349 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9RA
Phone: 020 7219 7200