Jennette Arnold, OBE is a Labour and Co-operative Party politician and chair of the London Assembly where she represents the North East constituency, comprising the London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest. Born in Montserrat, Arnold trained as a nurse. She then worked as an Industrial Relations Officer and as Regional Director of Services and Special Adviser (Equalities) to the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing. She then worked as an associate for organisational development consultancy, Beacon Associates.

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  • Jennette Arnold, OBE is a Labour and Co-operative Party politician and chair of the London Assembly where she represents the North East constituency, comprising the London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest. Born in Montserrat, Arnold trained as a nurse. She then worked as an Industrial Relations Officer and as Regional Director of Services and Special Adviser (Equalities) to the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing. She then worked as an associate for organisational development consultancy, Beacon Associates. Arnold was elected to Islington Council in 1994, eventually serving a term as deputy mayor. On the creation of the Greater London Authority in 2000, she was included on Labour's Londonwide list for the London Assembly, but missed out on a spot. Following the resignation of David Lammy prompted by his election as a Member of Parliament, Arnold as next in line on Labour's list became a Londonwide member of the Assembly in July 2000. She was subsequently selected as Labour's candidate for the North East constituency and elected in the 2004 Assembly election. Jennette Arnold currently serves as Chair of the London Assembly, her fifth such stint as the Assembly's presiding member. She is the London Assembly Labour Group's lead spokesperson on education and Chair of the London Assembly's Education Panel. Arnold previously chaired the Cultural Strategy Group for London, playing a role in bringing the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to London. She has also sat on the Assembly's Economic and Social Development Committee and served as a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority. During her time on the Assembly, Arnold has campaigned on issues including the provision of education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and the improvement of services on the Gospel Oak to Barking line. She has also campaigned extensively on the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), often citing witnessing a victim of FGM during her time as a student nurse as what prompted her to take action. In 2007 Arnold was listed by New Nation newspaper as one of Britain’s 50 most influential black women. A member of the UK delegation on the European Committee of the Regions, Arnold is currently: a council member of the Royal Court Theatre; a governor of the Museum of London; a governor of Sadler's Wells Theatre Foundation, a patron of the Victoria Climbie Foundation, and a former Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. During the 2015 Labour Party leadership election Arnold endorsed Jeremy Corbyn. In January 2019 Arnold announced in a statement to the Assembly that she would not be standing in the 2020 London Assembly election. However with the deferral of the 2020 London Assembly election she continued as member but was replaced as chair by Navin Shah. (en)
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  • Jennette Arnold, OBE is a Labour and Co-operative Party politician and chair of the London Assembly where she represents the North East constituency, comprising the London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest. Born in Montserrat, Arnold trained as a nurse. She then worked as an Industrial Relations Officer and as Regional Director of Services and Special Adviser (Equalities) to the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing. She then worked as an associate for organisational development consultancy, Beacon Associates. (en)
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