Newington Ward voters elected James for 3 consecutive terms. In 12 years he served on the Council's Executive and as Chair of the Planning Committee. Locally he was also a Governor at Keyworth Primary School and passionate about the regeneration of the Elephant & Castle's ability to provide decent housing and a sustainable environment.
A member of the Party's Federal Board he has also advised Party Leaders Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy and was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday honours. His partner and children teach in and attend Southwark schools.
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