Friends of the north east london fabians
Our Friends Network is made up of policymakers and elected officials from across the Parliamentary landscape and London's local government bodies. Our Friends share our passion for critical explorations of policy and activism. Together we collaborate, share ideas, and mutually support each other in order to advance the interests of the public and of 21st-century socialism. Their names are listed below and we are deeply grateful to them for all their help.
Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville
Bilal is the Vice Chair for Labour in the City, a forum for Labour supporters working in the Financial Services Sector. He is also a Director of the East London Credit Union, a co-operative providing fair financial services to the local community.
In 2015 and 2017 he stood as the Parliamentary Candidate against Iain Duncan Smith. He narrowed the electoral gap from 13,000 to 2,400 achieving a record-setting 16% swing. Together with local campaigners, he transformed the safe Conservative seat formerly held by Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill into a key marginal.
He is passionate about social mobility. As a Governor of the English-Speaking Union (an international education charity), he developed a London-wide schools debating and mentoring programme for disadvantaged young people. After 15 years, the London Debate Challenge continues to empower through critical thinking and communication skills.
By day, he is Senior Legal Counsel for China Construction Bank, the world’s second largest commercial bank. He is responsible for managing the legal side to all the bank’s major international transactions. Prior to this role, he was a banking and finance associate at Allen & Overy LLP.
Bilal has written articles for the Independent, the New Statesman, Labourlist and Open Labour.