What’s your name?
What do you do for a living?
I’m a barrister, specialising in crime. Most of my work is prosecuting.
Where do you live?
Riverside Mansions, on Garnet Street in Wapping.
What is your involvement with the SKD & Wapping community?
I have lived in Wapping all of my working life, I have prosecuted and defended in cases involving local residents, I shop locally and I spend a lot of my free time in our area’s restaurants, pubs and cafes. In addition, I’ve been involved in many local campaigns over the past 17 years, beginning with campaigning to keep the station open. In the years since I’ve attended many community and residents’ meetings.
Why should we vote for you? What difference will you make to SKD & Wapping?
I’m a local man that loves living in Wapping and wants action on the things that affect residents’ lives every day; crime, anti social behaviour, speeding traffic and fly tipping and littering.
I think I have the skills to stand up for the people of St Katharine’s and Wapping, as an advocate used to the more brutal side of life, I hope I can be an effective spokesman for our community and keep a keen eye out for corruption and incompetence.
I’m not in this for a career stepping stone: I’ve run in Wapping for election before over the years and I am putting myself forward because I genuinely care about the area I’ve chosen to make my home.
Tower Hamlets has some of the worst child poverty in Europe. How would you and your party tackle it?
When Tower Hamlets Children’s Services department recently failed their OFSTED inspection, I was appalled that this was allowed to happen where we live. I would keep pressure on this department to make sure the most vulnerable children in the borough aren’t being failed by the very people there to help them.
There are no easy routes out of child poverty, but good schools and more decent homes are essential. Local schools must be given the resources to grow, irrespective of ideological stances on free schools and academies.
What’s the best thing about SKD & Wapping?
I love the village feel of Wapping. It’s a real community where we know our neighbours and still have independent shops, pubs and cafes, all nestling together on cobbled streets.
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Favourite musical and why?
Les Miserables. Not only is the story and setting first rate, every song is memorable. It sets the benchmark for other musicals to be judged against, but I’d say Cabaret is a close second.
Favourite childhood toy?
When I was an hour old, my dad gave me a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear. He lives on, albeit having to have some repair work!
What superpower would you like to have?
The ability to understand and speak any language fluently.
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