Tomorrow marks six months since I was elected to Brent Council. It’s been the most exhilarating, exhausing and rewarding period of my life.
I’ve set up this site to share my experiences and the insights they give into national debates and campaigns.
Being a Councillor is a true privilege. You work so closely with the community that you develop really strong ties. Already I can’t imagine representing any ward in Brent other than Barnhill.
It’s also unbelievably frustrating. People come to you with deeply moving problems. It is invigorating to go into battle with them: cajoling, encouraging and persuading the powers that be. But ultimately your real power is limited.
And that is without even considering the Government’s agenda of rapidly removing the Authority from Local Authorities.
But there are not many jobs where you have the opportunity to help a young family to move out of a slum and into proper housing, or to finally launch a park that the community have been waiting for for years and years.
So although being a Councillor is tough, it is also a rare privilege.