I was born in Manchester, before coming to the University of Nottingham in 2003, where I’ve stayed ever since.
I was elected to represent Basford ward on Nottingham City Council in 2011. Until my decision to stand for election to Parliament in 2017, I was also a member of the Council’s Executive Board, with special responsibility for the Adults and Health portfolio, and chair of the City’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
Upon the announcement that Graham Allen, the previous MP for Nottingham North, was to stand down, I decided to put forward my candidacy and was subsequently honoured to be selected as the Labour candidate for Nottingham North. On June 8th 2017 I was elected as the next Member of Parliament for the constituency with a majority of 11,160, only 700 short of Graham Allen’s most recent electoral result, despite having no incumbency factor.
I currently live in Highbury Vale and have previously lived in different parts of Basford including Whitemoor Estate and opposite Vernon Park. I’ve also previously worked as a Trade Union Organiser, as well as for the Labour Party and the City Council.
Outside of Parliament, Council and work life I’m a keen runner, support Manchester City and my wife and I have two border collies!