I have previously served as a Green Party councillor for Ashley ward (2013-16) and as the Bristol Green councillor group’s leader (2015). I also briefly chaired the Association of Green councillors (2015).
I joined the Green Party on the day Ed Miliband become leader of the Labour Party in September 2010. Like many of my generation, I was let down by both the Lib Dems and Labour, and I decided to throw my weight behind a party that had the same values as me, championed the right policies, and campaigned positively.
I have either managed or been involved in five target ward campaigns in Bristol, two of which were for my own election. I was the election agent for eight of the 10 Bristol West wards at the most recent local elections in May 2016.
I previously stood as a candidate for Deputy Leader (2014). I had a brief period as national spokesperson for democratic reform (2014) and initiated the recent update of our public administration/democracy policy chapters. I also chaired the Local Government Association (LGA) Independent group’s electoral reform policy task and finish group (2015-16), which produced this report.
My policy interests are proportional representation and constitutional and democratic reform, education, and creating sustainable cities.