London Election 3rd May 2012

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Rob has been living and working in London almost his whole life, and has lived in Lambeth for most of the time since 1995, and full time since 2000.

Rob became a professional economist on leaving university, holding an ODI Fellowship, following in the footsteps of Vince Cable, advising an African government on environmental economics policy.

Rob returned to the UK in 1999, where he became an economic advisor to the Liberal Democrats, helping to write the 2001 and 2005 General Election manifestos.

From 2000 Rob has been heavily involved in Lambeth & Southwark politics, from Chair of Vauxhall local party to being heavily involved in almost every election since.

In 2003 Rob was promoted to Director of Research by the Liberal Democrats, becoming a senior advisor to Charles Kennedy and the Liberal Democrat MPs at the time of the Iraq war.

Rob became a communications consultant in 2005, and founded the Digital campaigning arm of his company in 2007. He has created jobs for 13 people and has run award-winning campaigns for Facebook among others.

Rob has recently become London Managing Director of Blue State Digital, the company which used the internet to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and is working to re-elect him next year.

Rob masterminded the 2010 Lib Dem campaign in Lewisham Deptford, the only campaign in London where the Liberal Democrats gained a council seat from Labour from third place. Rob’s partner Tam Langley stood as Parliamentary candidate saw her share of the vote increase by 5%, one of the biggest Lib Dem increases in London.

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