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Oundle, Northamptonshire, UK
Ghostwriter, editor, journalist and blogger specialising in non-fiction - particularly biography, politics, history and architecture
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I’m a freelance ghostwriter, lecturer, trainer and consultant, specialising in biography, politics, history and architecture. I can write fluently, excitingly and to tight deadlines, and have both feet in the real world, with 15 years’ experience at the frontline of politics and planning, and 20 years' experience as a journalist.
Subjects have included a Member of the House of Lords, a former Member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and a retired Old Bailey judge.
I helped give strategic political advice, and lead community consultation on, a number of large London developments including the residential conversion of Centre Point, The Stage in Shoreditch (a mixed-use development that put the remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre on public display)and, more controversially, the redevelopment of much of the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site.
I was first elected in 1998, aged 24 - I was the youngest Labour councillor in Greenwich at the time, and one of the youngest in London. I was re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010, always by a handful of votes in one of the most marginal wards in London (Blackheath Westcombe is the only ward in London which has always been represented by a mix of Labour and Conservative councillors). I also worked as a Labour Party organiser in day-to-day charge of the 2005 general election campaign, and the 2006 local election campaign, in the Greenwich and Woolwich constituency.
I held a number of senior roles in the council - including Chair of the Planning Board, Cabinet member for the environment, and chair of the environment, development and regeneration scrutiny panel. In 2 I spoke out about bullying problems at the council when I announced my decision to stand down at the 2014 elections, which attracted alot of TV, press and online interest.
As a councillor I blogged extensively about public services, politics and local news at bwlabour.wordpress.com. I have continued to write about Greenwich politics on my current blog since my retirement from the council.
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