In 1997 I began my BSc in Management at LSE, and graduated with first class honours in 2000. I was particularly attracted by the broad choice of courses, with my degree including economics, sociology, French, information systems and international relations alongside management subjects.
The international diversity of the student body made for a fascinating university experience, with such a rich mix of cultures and opinions.
For me, however, the best part of my time at LSE was getting involved in student life outside the lecture theatres: in the Students' Union, speaking up for students in the building of the new library, and as president of Butler's Wharf Hall of Residence campaigning for internet connections in every room. These opportunities to take responsibility for making projects happen prepared me for my early career in business, and the weekly Union General Meeting was good training for politics too.
After leaving LSE I worked as a marketing manager for Emap-owned radio station Viking FM, and then for a high-growth media business, SpaceandPeople.
The political bug had bitten, and after standing against the Deputy Prime Minister in the 2001 General Election, I fought and won my home seat of East Dunbartonshire to become its Liberal Democrat MP in 2005. I now speak for the Lib Dems in Parliament on Foreign Affairs, and am a member of the Environmental Audit Committee.
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