City Councillor for East Chesterton Ward
Baiju was born in Kerala, India, in 1977, where his father was an agricultural worker. As a teenager, his dream was to be a lawyer and politician, but he had to leave school at the age of 18 to support his family by working in a tearoom. Fourteen years ago, he moved to Cambridge with his wife and took the opportunity to return to his studies while working as a care assistant.
He graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a 2.1 in LLB (Hons) in 2013, after which he took a course in Employment Law at the University of East Anglia and a Legal Practice Course from Anglia Ruskin, finally joining a Legal Practitioner Course to become a solicitor.
In 2010, Baiju became an active member of the Indian Workers’ Association (IWA), presenting over 30 employment awareness classes across England and Wales for the South Indian diaspora. He successfully lobbied Parliament, with the support of the local MP, against the unreasonable, disproportionate and discriminatory English language standard requirements for non-EU nurses.
In 2014, after visiting Wayanad, India, as part of his legal studies, Baiju organised a charity event, which raised enough money to donate 35 wheelchairs to Endosulfan victims in Kasaragod, Kerala, India.
In 2018, at the Cambridge City Council by-election, he was elected as a ward councillor for East Chesterton. He continues to fight an a range of issues to create a fairer society for everyone, particularly the underprivileged. Baiju is passionate about politics, and an enthusiastic person who advocates for the rights of working people.
He is totally committed to supporting my community from within the Labour Party to repay the support he received himself, and is an expert in equal opportunities, workers’ rights, and equality. He represents his community on various matters and concerns, predominantly working in the NHS and private health care sector.
Baiju is determined to reduce the level of poverty in the most deprived areas and giving marginalised people a voice. He believes that social housing is an area where we must invest more in order to eradicate poverty, homelessness and inequality. He is also concerned with environmental issues and implementing strategies to minimise the effects of climate change.