I live in Bitterne Park and have been active in the community there on a number of campaigns, including helping to save the Bitterne Walk-In Centre, campaigning for a Living Wage at the city’s universities and helping to get a new playground for Bitterne Precinct.
After leaving University, I became a self-employed journalist, reporting on social injustice in Britain for The Guardian, The Mail and the Financial Times. I also regularly appeared on Sky News and the BBC as a commentator and had my first book published in 2011.
I've always combined being a writer with community work and charity projects. For the past five years I've helped run the Crisis homeless shelter for women as a volunteer over Christmas. I am also involved with the great charity Headliners, which trains young people from deprived areas to be journalists.
In 2011 when I was elected to become a local councillor, I found I enjoyed helping fix problems affecting people in my community level rather than just writing about them! I was selected as the candidate for Southampton Itchen in 2013 and am proud to be campaigning for with the local community here ever since.