As well as a long-lasting commitment to constitutional reform, I have experienced the UK political system from many different angles and seen how they work, don’t work, and could be improved. This has included -
• working at the House of Commons as a researcher for MPs (which included involvement in the details of devolution legislation)
• being a member of a business-led economic development board
• being a full-time elected politician for 3 years on the London Assembly
• working in Whitehall for the Sustainable Development Commission and liaising with officials the Treasury and other departments
• working as an economist for a campaigning NGO
• having various voluntary roles in NGOs
• And in the past year, I have done commissioned pieces of work on Brexit for a Member of the European Parliament, a member of the House of Lords, and the Repeal Bill Alliance.
• I have also done academic work on constitutional reform for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), which is based at Surrey University.
I have been taking an active part in Unlock Democracy’s campaign to improve the EU Withdrawal Bill, and am also now involved in a campaign to establish a Committee for Future Generations when the House of Lords reorganises its committee structure later this year.
I am a member of the Green Party, but I am keen on and used to working cross-party. When I was a researcher at the Commons, I was working for the Plaid Cymru Group of MPs, and for 3 years was a member of the cross-party management committee of Compass.
The constitutional issues highest up my own personal agenda currently are –
• Continuing to work on the important details of Brexit legislation.
• Helping to get any new trade agreements accountable to Parliament.
• Improving the way the UK system deals with ecological sustainability, biodiversity and other long-term issues. • Defending and strengthening local government, including through bringing in proportional representation