" I believe passionately that the problems we face, whether they be economic or environmental, are best solved by a Britain inside the European Union."
I currently serve on the Environment, Food and Public Health Committee of the Parliament, scrutinising legislation affecting the quality of the environment and air quality in London. I also sit on the Development Committee, which oversees the spending commitments and priorities of the world’s largest and most effective aid spender.
I believe passionately that the problems we face, whether they be economic or environmental, are best solved by a Britain inside the European Union. Leaving the EU, or taking a backseat in it, would alienate the UK internationally, jeopardise jobs and weaken our ability to effect change.
Before being elected to the European Parliament, I worked for the development charity ActionAid UK, where I campaigned for structural changes to alleviate poverty and hunger around the world. I led a long-running campaign against tax avoidance by large multi-national companies, ensuring that those living in the poorest parts of the world are rightly given the money they are owed to invest in quality public services; vital in the battle against poverty.
Previous to ActionAid, I advised clients in the public, private and voluntary sector on a range of campaigns. I also worked as an adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, at a time when the major aspects of devolution – of policing and justice powers – were being delivered by the Labour Government.