- Political Group : S&D
- Country : United Kingdom
- Telephone in Brussels : +32 (0)2 284 56 92
BA (Hons.) Social Studies (1979). Chartered Institute of Housing professional qualification (1986). London Business School senior executive programme (1996). Deputy President, Liverpool Polytechnic Students Union (1979-1980). Worked for London Borough of Ealing (1981-1983). Principal Housing Officer, United Kingdom Housing Trust (1983-1986). Chief Executive, Arsa Association (1986-1990). Chief Executive, New London Housing Group (1990-1999).
Trade union steward (1981-1983). General committee member, Constituency Labour Party (1995-1997).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1999). Vice Chairwoman, Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) (2002-2004).
Director, Dalston City Challenge. Chair, Hackney Housing Partnership. Board Member, Hackney 2000. Board member of various housing associations. Member of several national inquiries and working parties. Adviser to ministers and members of parliament on social policy issues.