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Bethnal Green and Bow (House of Commons)
Ms Rushanara Ali MP (Labour)
Surgery: 349 Cambridge Heath Road
Surgery Tel: 020 7613 1128
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 11,574 Born - 14/03/1975.
Education - Mulberry School. Tower Hamlets College. Oxford University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics).
Previous Occupation - Previously worked in Parliament as an Assistant to Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green & Bow (1997-1999). Former Research Fellow for the Institute for Public Policy Research (1999-2002). Worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2000-01) and at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office. Associate Director of the Young Foundation (2005-2010).
Personal Overview - Regained this seat for Labour in 2010 following its capture by George Galloway, former Labour MP and Respect Party Leader in 2005. Originally from Bangladesh, she moved to the UK with her family at the age of 7. She has worked locally in Bethnal Green for the Young Foundation (centre for social innovation), where she was responsible for research and international work. For example working on a major research programme on 'Mapping Needs' backed by the ESRC and the Big Lottery Fund. She has experience of working with people at a grass roots level, helping for example to develop Language Line (a telephone interpreting service to help people with language difficulties in cases of emergency). She also assisted the Lord Young of Dartington (author of the 1945 Labour Party manifesto) in setting up the Tower Hamlets Summer University (Futureversity). She was also involved in setting up SummerUni London to improve the lives of young people and reduce youth crime.
Political History - Parliamentary Assistant to Oona King MP. MP Bethnal Green and Bow (2010-). Shadow Minister for International Development (2010-).
Characteristics - Has been a Governor of Tower Hamlets College, a Commissioner for the London Child Poverty Commission, Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Trustee of the Environment Trust and a member of the Tate Britain Council.
Business Tel: 020 7219 7200
Interests: Poverty,Education & Training,Social Innovation,Health,Youth Issues
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Commonwealth (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Bahrain (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsy Roma Travellers (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Paediatric Mobility Reform (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Regeneration through Innovation (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on the River Thames (Member)
- United Nations Women Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Somaliland and Somalia (Member)
City and East (Greater London Authority)
Mr John Biggs AM (Labour)
GLA Member Since - 2000 Majority - 82,744 Born - Married, 1 daughter.
Education - Bristol University (Chemistry) (1979). Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (London University) (1984). Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Westminster University) (1996).
Previous Occupation - Operating Theatre Orderly (1979-80). School Laboratory Technician (1980-83). Worked in the City of London for six years as a Systems Analyst (1984-90), then became a Full Time Councillor. Director of a National Voluntary organisation affiliated to the Labour Party campaigning on Health (1997-2000).
Personal Overview - Based politically in East London, he has been involved in the Local Community as a School Governor and as a Lay Visitor to local police stations. Political interests likely to include environment, transport & regeneration issues for the more disadvantaged communities in London.
Political History - Councillor, Tower Hamlets BC (1988-2002), Labour Group Leader (1991-95), (Council Leader 1994-95), Lead member Planning & Environment (1996-99). Chief Whip of the London Boroughs Association Labour Group (1994-95). Vice Chairman of the Association of Greater London Government (1997-99). GLA Member City & East (2000-). Deputy Chairman of Transport Policy & Spatial Development Policy Committee (2000-02). Member of the Standing Orders Committee, Planning Committee (2000-04). Former Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Lead Labour Group member on Transport (2000-08). Chairman of the Transport Committee (2002-04), member (2004-08), member of the Budget Committee (2004-08), Chairman of the Budget and Performance Committee (2008-), member of the Planning & Spatial Development Committee (2005-08). Labour Group Whip. Chairman of the Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee (2008-). Member of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee (2008-11). Member of the Business Management and Administration Committee (2008-). Member of the Confirmation Hearings Committee (2008-). Vice Chairman of the London Development Agency (until end of July 2008). Member of the Economy, Culture and Sport Committee (2011-). Member of the Police and Crime Committee (2011-).
Other Information - Director of Heart of Thames Gateway Regeneration Partnership Board. Director of the Socialist Health Association (1997-2000). Part Time Deputy Chairman of Tower Hamlets Action Trust (1996-), Vice Chairman (1999-). Trustee, Stepney Relief in Need Charity. Chairman of the Docklands Management Advisory Group. Vice Chairman of the London Development Agency. Deputy Chairman of London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. Member of Leaside Regeneration Limited Board.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 020 7983 4350
Interests: Environment,Business & Finance,Economic Regeneration,Housing,Thames Gateway,Equal Opportunities,Transport,Law & Order,Planning Issues
- Budget and Performance Committee (Chairman)
- Economy, Culture and Sport Committee (Member)
- Business Management and Administration Committee (Member)
London (European Parliament)
Ms Marina Yannakoudakis MEP (Conservative)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 16/04/1956. Married, 3 children.
Education - Brunel University, BSC in Government, Politics and Modern History. Open University, MA in Education.
Previous Occupation - Financial Director of a family business (pan-European).
Personal Overview - Elected to the European Parliament from third place on the London Conservative Party list. Has been involved running a small business for over 23 years with experience negotiating in in Europe on behalf of her UK clients. She has campaigned to reduce regulation on business, reducing EU waste and fraud and on the sensible managing of migration. She also has experience raising funds for charity, as a former Chair of the Mayor of Barnet's Charity Appeal 2005/06 raising money for the mental health charity MIND.
Political History - Councillor, London Borough of Barnet. Has been Deputy Chairman of Chipping Barnet Conservative Association. MEP London Region (2009-). Membe rof the Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee (2009-). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo (2009-). Member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (2009-). Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (2009-).
Other Information - School Governor. She was a Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students at Brunel University and Chairperson for Communications on it's Student Union Executive. In her spare time she plays the saxophone and produces her own sculptures which she donates to charity.
Intergroups - N/a.
Interests: Business & Finance,Small Business,Local Government
- Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Member)
- Women's Rights & Gender Equality (Member)
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