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Website: www.citizensuk.org

Started: 1996

Based: London

Citizens UK started as London Citizens in 1996, and came to prominence during the 2010 general election when all three party leaders addressed a large meeting of its members in what it billed as the 'fourth debate'.

Tom grew up in north London before studying geography at the University of Cambridge. On graduation he received the St John's College Larmor Award, was recognised by Rare Rising Stars as the UK's number one black student and named in the Power List of Britain's 100 most influential black people.

Tom was also elected president of Cambridge University Students' Union, a full-time role representing 20,000 students and leading campaigns. Before becoming a professional organiser in 2011, Tom had a year's experience with Citizens UK, working with TELCO, North London Citizens and the Money Mentors financial literacy campaign. He is currently studying for an MA in Community Organising at Queen Mary, University of London.