Tom was elected to the London Assembly as a London-wide list member in May 2012 and is City Hall Labour’s housing spokesperson.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tom worked for the Searchlight Educational Trust (SET) – an anti-fascist, anti-racist charity that works with communities to fight racism and hatred. He is a supporter of the anti-BNP HOPE not hate campaign which has done so much to tackle far right extremism in London and across Britain.
Tom has worked as a local organiser for the Labour Party in Camden and for several Labour MPs. In 2010 he worked on Ken Livingstone’s successful campaign to be selected as Labour’s mayoral candidate. He has also worked as an IT technician for the Health Protection Agency.
Tom is a member of Unite, the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society and is a patron of LGBT Labour. He is a trustee of the British Humanist Association and the New Diorama Theatre in Camden. Tom is a longstanding republican and is a member of Republic, the campaign for an elected head of state. He was Chair of London Young Labour from 2008-09 and represented London on the Young Labour National Committee from 2008-2011.
The London Assembly has a number of committees which scrutinise the work of the mayor and examine issues affecting London. Tom sits on three committees:
- Deputy Chair of the Housing Committee
- Member of the Planning Committee
- Member of the Transport Committee
He is also a member of the Budget Monitoring Sub Committee.
Originally from Derbyshire, Tom grew up in Wiltshire and has lived in London for most of the last ten years. For the past seven years he has lived in Camden.
Tom has a keen interest in theatre and the arts and has studied drama at City Lit. He also enjoys music festivals, running and real ale. He has a degree in politics from the University of Nottingham.