Brief personal biography
Born in Luton, December 1978. One of six children in total (one adopted).
Attended Wenlock, Ashcroft and Bedford schools and Hull University
Lived in China 2001-03
Lives in Newington ward, SE17 with wife, Sarah (married 2014). Previously lived in Grange and Cathedrals wards in SE1. Sarah is a Landscape Architect who has lived and worked in Southwark since 2005.
Worked at Government equality commission, 2003-07, finishing as Policy Manager for health and social care.
Head of Policy at National Centre for Independent Living, 2007-09
Director of Policy at Disability Alliance 2009-12
Director of Policy and Campaigns at DRUK, 2012-13
Worked for shadow Work and Pensions team member Kate Green MP
Newington ward Councillor, London Borough of Southwark, 2010+
Deputy Cabinet member, 2011-13
Labour parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark May 2015- Present
Neil was Southwark’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Welfare, helping shape the council’s policies and reaction to Simon Hughes’ Government cuts to local disabled people and families on low incomes. Neil helped establish a Hardship Fund to support our most disadvantaged friends and neighbours.
Neil also helped found the Walworth Society – ensuring local people get a greater voice in planning and regeneration issues in particular, but also providing greater voice and focus at local level.
Neil is also a Trustee for the North Southwark Environment Trust – helping fund local educational and environmental projects across the north of Southwark, including the Alf Salter replacement statue campaign.
Neil has also worked to establish new tenants’ associations to ensure stronger, local voice.
Other council roles
Chair of Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny committee (2010-11)
Vice-chair of the Walworth Community Council (2010-11)
Deputy Mayor of Southwark, 2014-15