Women's Equality Party candidate in Vauxhall
Harini Iyengar grew up in Manchester, where her immigrant parents were both NHS doctors. She studied at Oxford University before moving to London, where she was called to the Bar in 1999, seven months pregnant. She is ranked as a leading barrister in Employment, Equality and Education, gave expert legal evidence to the House of Commons Inquiry into high heels and workplace dress codes, and has been described by the Times as "a leading campaigner for diversity in the legal profession". She works full-time and raises three children as their lone parent. Harini stood for the Women's Equality Party in the Greater London Assembly elections in May 2016, and at their first party conference in November 2016 she was elected to Policy Committee as Spokesperson on Equal Representation. During the EU Referendum campaign, Harini campaigned for remaining, including speaking in a public debate at Sadler's Wells, and she also organised and chaired a popular panel discussion "Black Women's Voices on Brexit".
The decision symbolises the extent to which Brexit – and the political establishment (mis)managing it – place women and minorities at the margins
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