I’m proud to be one of the Liberal Democrat’s three London MEPs, elected in the May 2019 European elections
I’m a proven entrepreneur and one of my passions is helping develop other young entrepreneurs. After starting out selling travel tickets from a kiosk in Earls Court tube station in 1980, I developed my business into what eventually became eBookers, transforming the travel industry towards an online sales model.
I keep my hand in business and philanthropy with my venture, Copper Beech Group, which manages investments in sustainable projects such as education, ecotourism and property in Romania and India.
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I’ve been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since 2014. As well as being an MEP for London, I serve as deputy treasurer, and vice-chair of the Federal Board, which is responsible for overseeing the party’s policy-making process. I made London my home more than 30 years ago – raising my children here and growing my business here. In autumn 2018, I was selected as one of four of the party’s nominees for the 2020 London mayoral election.
I care deeply about maintaining London’s place on the European financial stage. I am passionate about climate change and making sure that London keeps its record on clean air. I believe strongly in maintaining peace in Europe and therefore keeping Britain’s ties with European security services and as a first generation immigrant myself, I care deeply about giving immigrants opportunities, education and the chance to excel. That’s why I’m a global trustee of TiE London, an organisation supporting young entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities.
I’ve donated over £3 million to charities and have been both advisor and donor to organisations such as Scope and The Winston Churchill Memorial Fund, as well as founding two Indian charities providing support for children in poverty.
I’m also a spokesperson for and advisor to Open Britain – fighting the case to stay in Europe.
At City Hall, just before the results of the announcement on the 26th May.