Tom was elected to the London Assembly as a London-wide list member in May 2012 and is City Hall Labour’s housing spokesperson. He was re-elected in May 2016. In 2018 he was elected to Lewisham Council as a Labour & Co-operative member, representing Sydenham ward.
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. He has also worked as an IT technician for the Health Protection Agency.
Tom is a member of Unite, the GMB, the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society and is a patron of LGBT Labour. He is a trustee of the Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association) and the New Diorama Theatre in Camden, and Vice Chair of Labour Humanists. He was Chair of London Young Labour from 2008-09.
The London Assembly has a number of committees which scrutinise the work of the mayor and examine issues affecting London. Tom sits on four committees:
- Deputy Chair of the Housing Committee
- Member of the GLA Oversight Committee
- Member of the Planning Committee
- Member of the Transport Committee
He is a former member of the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA).
On Lewisham Council Tom serves as a Vice Chair of Planning.
Originally from Derbyshire, Tom grew up in Wiltshire and has lived in London with one brief exception since 2005. He lives in Catford in Lewisham.
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.
As someone with a long standing love for the arts, Tom has been an advocate for London’s small theatres. His Centre Stage report (2013) led to the launch of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme in August 2015.
In 2016 he published Tax Trial which called on the Mayor to seek powers from government to trial a Land Value Tax in part of London.
Tom has been a consistent and vocal campaigner against the Garden Bridge project, and challenged former Mayor of London Boris Johnson about it on numerous occasions. He secured the release of minutes of the Garden Bridge Trust’s board meeting minutes from Transport for London, which have shed further light on the disastrous project.