Ealing has always been my home, and my family’s home. I was born at Queen Charlotte’s in Hammersmith in 1972, and grew up on Lynwood Road, not far from Western Avenue. Both my parents came here from Bangladesh in the 1960s: my mum worked for BT on the Uxbridge Road, and my dad for the Prudential in Holborn.
I went to Montpelier Primary School near our home, and was then lucky enough to go to Notting Hill and Ealing High School, where my sisters Nutun and Konnie also went. I had a Saturday job at W.H. Smith’s in Ealing Broadway, and later worked part time at Ealing Public Library.
In 1991 I began my studies into Social and Political Sciences and Law at Cambridge University. I joined the Labour Party and cut my teeth as a college co-ordinator, working on a successful campaign to win Cambridge for Labour in 1992. That’s where my passion for people and politics grew.
After Cambridge I earned my doctorate at the University of East London. I researched youth culture, and how young people use pop music to express themselves, especially those living in the suburbs (I also had fun expressing myself as a DJ).
I have published three books in this field as well as writing articles for the Guardian. I did some of my research in northern France, and kept in touch with politics by working at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
In 1998 I started teaching at Manchester University, and in 2004 became a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Kingston University, commuting from Ealing on the 65 bus. I threw myself into politics and in 2010 was honoured to be asked to serve as Deputy Mayor, then in November 2013 I was selected as Labour Party candidate for Ealing Central and Acton.
My family and I still live in Ealing. Together we care for my elderly mother, with support from local NHS and social care services - sadly my father died last year - and I have a young son who goes to school locally.
The National Health Service has looked after all three generations of us, a good education has given me independence, and Ealing’s lively community has helped to make me who I am. That’s why I want to serve Ealing and Acton as your M.P.