I’m a social affairs journalist, writing and talking about most things to do with inequality. I contribute to The Guardian, both as a comment and feature writer, and write a column for the New Statesman website. I also have a recurring disability column in the Society section of The Guardian.
I write on disability, gender, social security, and sometimes things I like (or don’t) on TV. I’ve commented on things ranging from the cuts to disability benefits to the ups and downs of Lads’s Mags, and investigated issues such as the forced marriages of people with learning disabilities and the effect of the ‘bedroom tax’. You can see selected pieces of my work from The Guardian, New Statesman, The Independent, and others on the ‘writing’ section of this site.
Sometimes you can find me on television and radio, commenting on political stories. I appear on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and PM show with Eddie Mair, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC London, BBC Wales, and LBC, amongst others. I recently cropped up on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, questioning the DWP’s disability employment figures, and the BBC’s The Big Questions, arguing against benefit sanctions.
I enjoy public speaking for campaign groups, universities and other political events. Most recently, I lead the Whizz-Kidz fringe panel at Labour Party Conference 2014 and spoke at Class conference 2014 on reclaiming the welfare state. I ended the year talking about disabled feminism at Nottingham Women’s Conference 2014.
I have a doctorate in political theory, with a research focus on inequality in education in Britain, and occasionally teach at The University of Nottingham.
If you’re after me for a chat about a story or would like to book me for your show or event you can get in touch with me via the contact page.