Shaun Bailey

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Shaun Bailey
Shaun Bailey.jpg
Member of the London Assembly
as the 3rd Additional Member
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded by Victoria Borwick
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 45–46)
London, England
Political party Conservative
Children Two
Alma mater South Bank University

Shaun Bailey (born 1971 in North Kensington, London) is a British Afro-Caribbean youth worker and Conservative politician. He has served on the London Assembly since 6 May 2016.

Bailey stood for the London constituency of Hammersmith as a Conservative at the 2010 General Election, and served as the Prime Minister's Special Adviser on Youth and Crime from 2010–2013.[1] At the 2017 General Election, he contested Lewisham West and Penge.

Early life[edit]

Bailey was born in North Kensington, London in 1971, where he and his younger brother were raised by his mother and extended family in the absence of his father, a lorry driver.[2] The family are of Jamaican origin.[3] From about 13 years of age, he began to get to know his father, along with a second family his father had started, and became close to his stepsisters and stepbrother.[4]

Bailey attended Henry Compton School in Fulham and left with five CSEs.[2] When Bailey was 12 years old, his mother sent him to join the Army Cadet Force in White City.[5] When Bailey was about 19, he became a Sergeant-Instructor and stayed in the Cadets for another 10 years in Askew.[5] At about the age of 12 or 13, he began attending the Jubilee Sports Centre to take up gymnastics,[4] and he became a member of Childs Hill Gymnastics Display team. After leaving secondary school, Bailey attended Paddington College, where he achieved two A-levels and a BTEC.[2]

Career before Politics[edit]

Bailey graduated with a 2.2 in computer-aided engineering from London South Bank University. Previously, he worked as a security guard at Wembley Stadium and the Trocadero to put himself through university. After witnessing the route to crime taken by many of his peers, Bailey became a drug-worker for the Blenheim Project, and later co-founded My Generation, a charity addressing the social problems that affect struggling young people and their families, such as anti-social behaviour, drug abuse, crime, pregnancy, educational underachievement, and unemployment.[6] The charity closed in 2012.[7][8]

Bailey was drafted in as chair of the trustees at the Pepper Pot Day Centre (2007–2009), an organisation in West London that provided for the African and Caribbean elders and adults with special needs.

He is currently[when?] the chairman of the panel of judges of the Spirit of London Awards.

Political career[edit]

Bailey is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies,[9] writing for the Centre and for various newspapers, including the Evening Standard,[10] the Times,[11] and The Independent.[12] His main area of specialisation is youth crime, welfare and charity and he is a member of the Police Community Consultation Group and has worked with the Independent Police Complaints Authority.

On 29 March 2007, he was selected at an open primary to be the Conservative candidate for the new parliamentary seat of Hammersmith, a key marginal seat in West London.[13] His campaign focused on issues surrounding families and social responsibility.[14] He failed to win the seat at the 2010 general election, losing by 3,549 votes, achieving only a 0.5% swing[15] (against an average swing to the Conservatives in London of 2.5%).[16]

After the election, Bailey took up a post in Downing Street, as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister David Cameron on Youth and Crime.[17] He focused on issues surrounding Government youth, crime, welfare and community policy, and was influential in shaping the agenda on these issues,[citation needed] particularly in the aftermath of the 2011 England Riots. In 2013, Bailey moved to the Cabinet Office, to help oversee the set up of the National Citizen Service, before taking up a post in the Department for Education, where he advised on Schools Military Covenant.

Bailey was critical of many of the Coalition's policies, in particular police cuts, cuts to youth services and housing benefit cuts. He was interviewed on the BBC's Newsnight programme in March 2011, where he was introduced as 'Ambassador for the Big Society'.[18]

In October 2015, Bailey was selected as a Conservative candidate on the London Assembly top-up list. He is currently deputy leader of the Conservative Greater London Authority Group.

At the 2017 general election, he stood in Lewisham West and Penge. He polled 12,249 votes, an increase of 620 votes from 2015. Bailey achieved the highest Conservative numerical vote share since the creation of the seat.


Bailey has expressed concerns about liberalism, saying "The more liberal we have been, the more our communities have suffered",[2] and "The key wickedness that the Government has perpetrated is the idea that government can pay for everything. If you continually give people things and ask for nothing back you rob them of their will. People have to be involved in their own redemption. There are people sitting at home now who don't work because it's not worth their while to do it under the benefits system. That's wrong".[19]



  1. ^ "Conservative candidates chosen for London Assembly top up list | Conservative Home". Conservative Home. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d Muir, Hugh (2 May 2007). "Black and blue". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ Barnicoat, Becky (20 March 2010). "Meet the David Cameron generation". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  4. ^ a b "The House I Grew up In featuring Shaun Bailey". The House I Grew Up In. 2008-09-03. BBC. BBC Radio 4. 
  5. ^ a b Geoghegan, Tom (8 April 2008). "'Army Cadets saved my life'". BBC. 
  6. ^ "MyGeneration | Home". MyGeneration. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  7. ^ Former big society ambassador's charity closes because of funding problems
  8. ^ Flagship 'Big Society' charity closes... due to lack of funds - Mirror Online
  9. ^ Centre for Policy Studies Website
  10. ^ Bailey, Shaun (19 May 2009). "The Government's given up the war on drugs". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Bailey, Shaun (3 February 2008). "Stop and search saves lives". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2 May 2010.  (Archived by Webcite)
  12. ^ "Shaun Bailey: An entire generation left out of the economy". London: The Independent. 21 Jan 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  13. ^ CPS Press Release Archived 30 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Watson, Samantha (14 May 2007). "OBV Profile: Shaun Bailey". Operation Black Vote. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  15. ^ BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Hammersmith
  16. ^ BBC NEWS | Election 2010 | Results | London
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  18. ^ BBC Newsnight 31 March 2011
  19. ^ Tweedie, Neil (30 September 2008). "Interview: Shaun Bailey – he's black, he's tough, and he's a Tory". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 

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