I have lived in Stanmore for 47 years. For many years I was a practising criminal barrister mostly prosecuting at Harrow Crown Court, being instructed in over 200 cases there between 2016 and -2021. I chose to work in crime despite getting a first in tax law, as I’m more interested in people than problems. I have worked as a financial journalist and been a school governor.
I am also interested in the arts, having written programme notes for over 400 concerts, with artists from the Amadeus and Ashkenazi to Zuckerman. I have arranged Beatles songs for schoolchildren.
In the past I was twice chairman of Harrow SDP and for many years an elected member of the Harrow Police and Public Consultative Committee, where I chaired the burglary prevention sub-committee.
I got reinterested in politics recently, joining the Labour party with the sole aim of voting against Jeremy Corbyn. I was particularly angry over the behaviour of our local Conservative MP voting to save his “friend” Owen Patterson and backing Boris over Partygate. I know a bit about this, I was one of the expert lawyers on Radio 5 who answered questions from the public about the Commons expenses scandal, which also engulfed our local Conservative MP.
I was also disappointed by Harrow East Labour Party’s unswerving support of Jeremy Corbyn on the issue of antisemitism.