Kate Green MP
Kate Green was elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in May 2010. She was re-elected in 2015 and in 2017 and as of 2020 is serving as the Shadow Secretary of State for Education.
Prior to her election, Kate was Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, and before that Director of the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread). She is a long-standing campaigner against poverty and inequality, is a member and former chair of the all-party parliamentary group on poverty, and served as a member of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission. In 2013 Kate was appointed an ambassador for the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that supports LGBT homeless young people in crisis.
In parliament, Kate Chairs of the Select Committee on Standards and a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. She Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsy Roman Travelers. Kate is also Chair of the Fabian Society.
Kate was previously a member of the National Employment Panel which advised Ministers on labor market policies, and Chair of the London Child Poverty Commission, reporting to the Mayor of London and local councilors.
Kate also served as a magistrate for 16 years and takes a particular interest in the experience of women in the penal system, and how best to rehabilitate them to prevent re-offending.
Simon Hoare MP
Simon Hoare was born in Wales and grew up in Cardiff. He read Modern History at Oxford University and graduated in 1990. He ran his own business for many years and Simon was a cabinet member on West Oxfordshire District Council, a councillor on Oxfordshire County Council and a member of the executive of Witney Conservative Association alongside the Rt Hon David Cameron before taking his seat in the House of Commons.
Simon was first elected as the Member of Parliament for North Dorset in 2015 and is currently the PPS to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. Immediately prior to this appointment he was the PPS to the Secretary of State for Education, and has also served as a PPS at DEFRA.
In Parliament Simon is a prolific speaker in the Chamber and frequently serves on Bill Committees. He is also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Multiple Sclerosis and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Thalidomide.
He is married to his wife Kate and they live in Dorset with their three young daughters
Tom Tugendhat MP
Tom Tugendhat was elected as Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017. On his return to Parliament, he was elected to be Chair of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
He ran for office after leaving the British Army in July 2013. As a Reservist, he served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff. He also worked for the Foreign Office and helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the government in Helmand Province.
Tom grew up in London and Sellinge, near Ashford, read Theology at Bristol University and studied Islamics at Cambridge University for a Master’s.
His study included learning Arabic in Yemen. After graduating, Tom was a journalist based in Beirut, writing about the conflict as well as regional politics and economics. Politically, Tom has been campaigning for transparency in financial institutions, including in pensions and asset management companies.
He is a Dementia Friend and an active supporter of the Alzheimer's Society.
He has served on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and writes regularly on a wide range of issues for outlets including the Spectator, Daily Telegraph, the Times, and the Financial Times. Tom was appointed MBE for operational service in Afghanistan. He remains a reserve officer, is married to Anissia and has two children.
Shabnam Nasimi is a social and political activist from British Afghan origin. She founded the Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, an organisation which works to strengthen the relationship between Britain, Afghanistan and supports a thriving democratic culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and encourages participation by British Afghan communities. Shabnam is also a Women's Rights Activist, protecting girls and women from forced marriage, domestic abuse and cultural and religious oppression in Afghanistan and around the world. She is an Ambassador of the 50:50 Parliament campaign which encourages women to stand for Parliament.
Shabnam Nasimi arrived in the UK at the age of eight with her family, fleeing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Her professional experience has included working for counter-terrorism, implementing the Prevent Strategy through local government and civil service - supporting vulnerable communities at risk of radicalisation and as a lead on the Women's Tea Corner, Big Lottery funded counter-radicalisation social change initiative.
She is also a leading commentator in international media on British politics and the rights of girls and women - in print, on the radio and TV, for outlets including BBC World, BBC Persian, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, TRT World, France 24 and BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, The Times and Conservative Home.
In 2019, she was awarded Inspirational Women in Public Affairs by Policy Mogul, and nominated for BBC 100 Women in September 2019.