Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
University of Nottingham
Tom Copley AM questions Boris Johnson on the growing problem of "beds in sheds"
Tom Copley (born 11 May 1985) is a British Labour Party politician, and a member of the London Assembly.
- Tom Copley AM questions Boris Johnson on the growing problem of beds in sheds
- Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for misleading Tom Copley AM about rough sleeping in London
- Campaigns and activities
Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for misleading Tom Copley AM about rough sleeping in London
Prior to his election as a London Assembly Member, Copley worked for Searchlight, the anti-racist and anti-fascist organisation. He has also worked as the local organiser and agent for the Labour Party in Camden and on Ken Livingstone's successful campaign to be selected as Labour's candidate for the 2012 London mayoral election.
Copley was Chair of London Young Labour from 2008 to 2009 and sat as London representative on the Young Labour National Committee from 2008 to 2011.
He was placed fourth on Labour's assembly list for the 2012 London Assembly election and was elected as a London-wide assembly member in May 2012 after Labour received 41.1% of the vote. He is the youngest person ever to be elected to the London Assembly.
Copley is Deputy Chair of the Assembly's Housing Committee, and also sits on the Planning and Transport committees. In 2013 he undertook a rapporteurship into the challenges facing small theatres in London. This resulted in the Centre Stage report.
Following his election to the London Assembly, he was made a patron of LGBT Labour. He is on the boards of the New Diorama Theatre in Camden and the humanist charity Humanists UK, formerly the British Humanist Association.
Campaigns and activities
Copley repeatedly challenged Mayor of London Boris Johnson over housing issues in London. He has called for the introduction of a German model of rent regulation to be introduced to regulate rents in the private rented sector.
In 2016, he led a successful motion for the London Assembly to oppose the Prime Minister's plans to reinstate 100% religiously selective schools, citing evidence that this would harm London's community cohesion and discriminate against poorer families.