I have been an active Labour Party member and community activist for almost 20 years. I was a Councillor in the Bethnal Green South ward from 2010-14. I was elected as the first Speaker of Tower Hamlets in 2011. During my term, I served as the Chair of Council, Chair of Audit Committee, Olympic Ambassador and held various other committee positions. By profession, I am a Civil Servant and served as a Ministerial Secretary under the Labour Government from 2003-09. I bring experience of working at both local and central government levels, allowing me to better represent residents in the council.