Ian was born and raised to a working-class family in Leicester. He has lived in the local area all his life and has been involved in local politics for a number of years.
Ian has been a member of The Braunstone Community Association since 2001 and was elected to the Board in 2004. The Board allocated central government funds to local programmes, and Ian was involved in various projects including Vision FM; a new GP Centre for Hockley Farm Road; the Bright Centre; various men’s health issues and Active Braunstone.
A Liberal Democrat since 2002, Ian has stood for Leicester City Council in 2007, 2011 and 2015 as well as standing for Parliament for Leicester West in 2015. He was inspired to stand for Parliament following a report on gender pay inequality, and is strongly motivated by discrimination in all areas of society.
As a severely visually impaired person Ian has a unique insight into being treated differently to others, but this has not stopped him living a full and active life. He can regularly be seen out and about locally with his guide dog Gemini where he is active in a Church singing group, and attends the local VISTA group. He enjoys watching an array of TV programmes, in particular Dr Who, and has an eclectic taste in music.
Ian believes that policies can be impersonal and as somebody who has lived through the consequences of this detachment from local people, he believes he can be the voice of the Leicester West community.