Before politics, Shama was a secondary school History teacher and has always been passionate about opportunities for young people. She taught in both Smethwick in the West Midlands and the London Borough of Brent.
Following the 2010 General election, she joined the party and immediately got involved in campaigning and activities in her CLP.
In 2014, she was elected to Brent Council and served on various committees before becoming a member of the Cabinet with responsibility for Regeneration in 2016. She currently oversees some of the biggest developments in London, including a council led and community supported scheme where residents overwhelmingly voted in favour via an estate ballot. She’s passionate about council and social house building, and believes in sustainable development. She believes in the need for better spatial planning policy to really deliver housing and infrastructure. She sees daily how Labour in power really makes a difference whilst being a shield against austerity.
On a personal level, she is a proud single mum and was her husband’s carer until he passed away in 2016.
She’s standing for the NEC because she believes it’s vital that we learn past lessons and go forward together as a united party and movement, because above all else, our country needs a Labour Government.