I was born in Wimbledon into a large and loving family. Growing up, we lived in the US and Nigeria. This international background gives me a very global perspective on life.
I wasn’t involved in politics in my youth, instead working to support myself since the age of 16. I know what it’s like to live on the minimum wage and the financial insecurity which comes with losing a job.I’m passionate about ensuring everyone has access to a great education. I sacrificed a great deal to put myself through university, twice. First to study engineering at Sussex University. Again in 2009 to gain a Law degree at the University of London so I could become a legislator helping to make, shape and change our laws for the better.
I’m a committed party activist and met my husband when I stood for parliament in 2010. Our family is completed by our beautiful daughter Eni, who keeps us busy and entertained.
I support charitable interests close to my heart including The Dogs Trust. I believe adult education is so important and support the Birkbeck Alumni fund, providing financial support to mature students.
I’m a keen chess and poker player, an avid reader of Terry Pratchett novels and love sci-fi.