I have worked for the past 10 years as an NHS doctor, specialising in mental health. So, I know the challenges that many hard-working people face. I am passionate about mental health, especially parity of esteem between mental health and physical health, and public health measures to prevent mental illness. I believe that the Mental Health Act needs reform, and I was on one of the working groups in the recent Independent Review.
For the past 3 years I have volunteered for a homelessness charity in London, going out at night helping people to come off the streets, and recently I was a Public Governor for an NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust.
I went to a state grammar school in the West Midlands and attended medical school in London. I’m married and have two children.
I believe that everyone, no matter their background, needs great opportunities in life: a quality education, a stable job, the chance to own your home, to raise a family, and the safety net of strong public services.