An economist, entrepreneur and political commentator, I'm Founder and Chairman of JML, the consumer goods company. I'm also Chairman of Labour Leave & Labour Future, Chairman of the Pound Campaign, and Secretary of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign.
I got my start in politics in 1971, when I was elected a Labour Councillor in Camden, a large London borough, where I served almost continuously until 2006. For much of this time I was responsible for the Council's £800m budget, and I was proud to be in that position when we were voted Council of the Year in 2003.
Between 1985 and 1987, I was Deputy Chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), tasked to regenerate the depressed Docklands area of east London. Over its 18-year existence, the LDDC was responsible for regenerating the areas of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark, and creating 120,000 new jobs.
At a national local government level, for nine years I was Chair (or Opposition Leader) on Housing with the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the London Boroughs Association, and in 1974, I ran for UK Parliament and then for European Parliament in 1979.
Throughout my career I have campaigned vigorously for a renegotiated settlement with the European Union. I helped established the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign shortly after the 1975 referendum on the UK's membership of the Common Market.
As well as writing a number of pamphlets on EU politics and economics, I was Co-chairman of Business for Britain, the business-led organisation which campaigned for a referendum on our membership of the EU. I am currently Chairman of Labour Leave, Labour's campaign that fought to get Britain out of the EU. The Labour Party has a track record of standing up for society's most disadvantaged. We will always defend working people from big business, and fight against inequality. These are British Labour values. Labour Leave knows that we can stand on our own two feet outside the EU.
I recently established The Pound Campaign to highlight the historically high level of the British pound and the damaging effect it has had on manufacturing and the wider economy. Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, and the value of the pound has fallen, this is our chance to increase competitiveness, boost UK exports, increase our productivity and stimulate economic growth.
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