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In terms of my education I have a degree in politics and contemporary history, as well as a graduate diploma in law, and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and practised in a number of areas, including business defence, regulatory law, criminal and civil litigation, and professional conduct. I have taken actions against the police and also defended individual police officers. I was a founding member of the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association. In 2013, my peers elected me to serve as President of the Leicestershire Junior Lawyers Division.
I undertook 20 years of public service with the Labour Party: six years as a party officer; two years as a school governor; elected as a Leicester city councillor (2011–2015); board member of the Leicestershire Police Authority – where I led efforts to save 200 policing jobs; and 2015 parliamentary candidate in Harborough. I left Labour in 2020 over political differences. I joined the Conservative Party in 2021.
Between 2015 and 2021 I worked at the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). I investigated serious allegations and major incidents involving the police, such as deaths in custody. During my time at the IOPC, my colleagues elected me to serve as head of the staff association. For four years I led a national team, and worked to solve employment disputes and protect jobs, across seven offices in England and Wales.
I am proud of Britain’s values and traditions and I believe in the ideals and institutions of our democracy. Throughout my legal, political, and regulatory careers I have worked to uphold the rule of law, and challenge corruption and extremism – as well as scrutinise power, solve problems, and save jobs. I engage in public service to give back to the country that gave my family everything.
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