I have lived and worked in Camden for fifteen years, and from my first day here, it felt like home. I threw myself into local life, and in my time here I have had first-hand experience of the many networks which make our community strong. I was the leader of Camden Council and a non-executive Director of the Royal Free. I am chair of Governors at Haverstock School and am on the board of Queens Crescent Community Association. More details of my work in these institutions is set out on the my part in our community page
I have been a member of the Labour party for 20 years, and was proud to be the first ever ethnic minority Leader of Camden Council.
My politics are central to my work as a radical campaigning lawyer. As a son of Indian immigrants growing up in Northern Ireland I learned a lot about difference, diversity, solidarity and fundamental rights. Fighting to protect those rights has been at the core of my professional career.
I have represented the most vulnerable members of our community, and have also defended protest clients like anti-EDL protestors and the anti-austerity/anti-tax-avoidance protestors arrested in Fortnum & Masons. I am also proud to have made it possible for Just for Kids to be based in this area – I am passionate about improving the lives of young people.
I was born in 1973 in Northern Ireland. My Dad had arrived from India 15 years earlier with nothing except a £5 note in his pocket. From this he and my Mum built up a business, selling clothes door to door and later running a market stall. I was brought up during the Troubles, and after training as a lawyer, I moved to this area in 1999.
I now live in Kentish Town with my wife and two small children. My son attends a local state primary school, and my daughter is at a local nursery.
I believe my experience gives me a many-sided view of this constituency. It means I know how to make difficult decisions and what it takes to work collectively. It means I know what it means to stand up against overwhelming odds and win. It means I can speak to everyone in this constituency on their own level about the issues which matter to them. It means I understand what we need to do to make our home better, and what it takes to lead our community. It means I hope you will choose to select me as your candidate for Holborn & St Pancras, and that we can then fight the general election together and get rid of this Tory Government.
To find out more about me and my background, go here: my story
To find out more about my involvement in our community, go here: my part in our community