I’m actively involved in British politics, both as a member of the Liberal Democrats and as a political commentator. I’ve edited Liberal Democrat Voice - the most-read independent website by and for Lib Dems – since 2007. I edited the 2013 publication, Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the next Decade. I am currently a Research Associate at the liberal think-tank CentreForum and am a regular columnist at ConservativeHome and for Total Politics magazine. I was a city councillor for eight years in Oxford, from 2000 to 2008, including terms as executive member for finance and as deputy lord mayor.
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Here’s a summary of my activities in elected and community politics …
>> Elected to Oxford City Council in 2000, as Liberal Democrat representative for Headington ward, aged 23. Re-elected in 2002, and again in 2004 with 61% of the vote, with the highest vote and biggest majority in the city.
>> Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford (2007-08).
>> Executive Member for Better Finances, Oxford City Council (2006-07): democratically accountable for Oxford city’s £221m budget, and responsible for the setting and collection of Council Tax, embedding of value-for-money services, and the setting and implementation of the approved Council budget.
>> Chair, Finance Scrutiny Committee, Oxford City Council (2004-06).
>> Oxford city Liberal Democrat group: Finance Spokesman (2004-07), Deputy Leader (2002-03); and Chair (2001-02).
>> Governor, St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Headington (2002-08); Trustee, St Aldate’s Parish Parochial Charity (2000-04); Headington Parish Charity (since 2002-12).
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