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Alison Mcgovern

Alison has been a British Labour Party politician for Wirral South since 2010. She attended Wirral Grammar School before studying Philosophy at University College, London.

Alison’s father was famous Liverpool songwriter, Peter McGovern and – although some may expect that politics is not necessarily a natural pathway for someone from such creative roots – Alison began working as a researcher in the House of Commons soon after graduating from university.

Following this, Alison went on to handling communications for development projects with Network Rail, and then working for the Art Fund.

Upon being elected to Parliament, Alison became former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s parliamentary private secretary, making her the eyes and ears of one of the most important men in the country.

In her time as an MP, Alison has led many important campaigns and been involved in significant debates, such as on employment prospects for young people in the Wirral as well as Chairing a group responding to the serious conflict in Syria.

@Alison_McGovern


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Jackson ogunyemi

Known as ‘Action Jackson’, Jackson is a lover of cheesecake, running and inspiring people. He founded a company dedicated to empowering UK education, called FixUp Seminars, in 2001 whilst studying at Middlesex University, where he developed a passion for speaking. He runs motivational workshops on topics such as goal setting and other life-changing strategies.

@Actionjackson


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NEIL ATKINSON

A writer, broadcaster and filmmaker by trade, Neil Atkinson is an incessantly busy man.

Neil began working in the creative sector from having an interest in feature films – in fact, his first creative production was picked up by the BBC.

At the same time as his film writing career was taking off, Neil set up ‘The Spirit of Shankly’, an unofficial supporters union of Liverpool FC. It was through this ‘hobby’ that Neil would meet with a gentleman called Andy Heaton, who was just starting an online magazine called The Anfield Wrap.

Neil and Andy admit that The Anfield Wrap became much more popular than they both predicted – we’re sure that any Reds (and maybe a few Blues) in the audience will be aware of their work. In his own words, Neil now hosts The Anfield Wrap, “which mostly involves running around Liverpool city centre being late for things and then running his mouth off.”

The Anfield Wrap is a multi-award winning podcasting platform which has shot to prominence across the UK’s online football community. Neil has such a unique hosting style that he consistently sits in the top ten of iTunes sports podcasts.

@Knox_Harrington