I was born in Malta to a Maltese father and Scottish mother – we moved as a family to London in 1986 when I was 8 years old. My parents ran a café in Eltham and like so many others, they sacrificed so much so that my brother and I could have an upbringing without any real wants.
I grew up on the Ferrier Estate in Kidbrooke attending Holy Family School. My teacher there inspired me to raise my ambitions, not least in becoming confident in acting and public speaking.
I obtained a first-class history degree at Birmingham University. I still love reading history whenever I can and learning from the struggles and achievements of the past.
I joined the Labour party when I was 19. I have campaigned in general and local elections ever since 1997.
I have been a very active member of Fabian Society, including as Chair of Young Fabians in 2004-2005. I facilitated the Young Fabian Schools Project by which Young Fabian members visited schools to help teach democratic engagement.
I have been a qualified solicitor since 2004 carrying regular pro-bono work for those who can’t afford legal advice. I was also Chair of Young Labour Lawyers in 2006-2010 campaigning for an Equality Act plus defending fair access to justice.
I stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East from 2007 to 2010 General Election. Find out more about my experience here.
I am currently Labour Councillor for Blackheath Ward in Lewisham Council. Find out more about my campaigning here.
I also serve as Cabinet Member for Resources at Lewisham Council, which entails policy responsibility for budget oversight, revenue collection, welfare support, human resources, information technology and more recently Lewisham Council’s work for refugees.
I am also proud to be part of the wider Labour movement, including Unite trade union and the Co-operative Party.