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Trainee Lawyer


Sophia Penfold is an English Gypsy who has worked in the area of Gypsy and Traveller rights since she graduated with a degree in Law. She is now a trainee solicitor who plans to go on to specialise in Human Rights and the criminal justice system. Sophia is voting to empower her community and make an impression on her children’s future.

Singer and Storyteller


Thomas McCarthy is an Irish Traveller who comes from a long line of traditional singers, musicians and storytellers. He has released two albums, performed on the hit BBC series ‘Call the Midwife’ and played festivals across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Thomas believes that Travellers have to get up and get voting because if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

Community Development Intern


Rosie Toohey is an Irish Traveller and Community Development Intern at a national charity working with Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. Rosie is qualified in beauty therapy and is going on to study youth and community. She wants a better education and more recognition of Travellers and sees politics as key to getting this.



Tony Buttigieg is a boxer of English Gypsy and Irish Traveller heritage. He has trained since the age of three and plans to turn professional when he’s eighteen. He is also currently studying a tree-topping course in college. Tony believes that Gypsies and Travellers need to vote for more Traveller sites, better education support and to prove their voice counts.

Charity Worker


Josephine O’Driscoll is founder and Chair of Hertfordshire Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment, a community organisation setup to support community members and engage service providers. Josie is a well-known campaigner for Traveller rights in the UK and is voting for equality for all people.

Police Officer


Jim Davies is an English Romani and has been a serving Police Constable for over 20 years. He is co-founder and Chair of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Police Association. Jim believes that taking part in the political process is the best way to challenge discrimination and preserve the culture and identity of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

European Politician


Soraya Post is a Swedish Romani. She is a Member of the European Parliament and has founded various political organizations for Roma representation. It is Soraya´s firm belief that representing yourself in the world is the best way of making the most of your democratic rights and obligations – as a Roma and as a human being.

Writer and Filmmaker


Damian Le Bas is a writer and filmmaker from a large Gypsy family. He is a native speaker of the Romani language and has a first class Theology degree from Oxford. Damian is a widely published poet and journalist. He edits Travellers' Times, a magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. Damian is voting for a better future for all Travelling People.

Business Man


Patrick O’Donnell is an Irish Traveller who has

 run his own demolition and ground works company for the last ten years. Patrick knows many Gypsies and Travellers who run small businesses but who hide their ethnicity for fear of discrimination. He is also Chair of his local residents association and believes that politics is the best way for his community to get their voices heard.

Local Politician


Hilda Brazil is a Romany Gypsy and has been an independent Councillor for Effingham Parish Council for three years. She is also a Youth Support Officer for Surrey County Council and Joint Chair of the Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Forum. She believes that politics gives you the right to have your say and that if you don’t vote your voice isn’t heard.

Educationalist and Teacher


Pauline Anderson is an Irish Traveller who has led a settled life. Her current role is Strategic Lead for Vulnerable Groups at Bradford Metropolitan District Council. She was previously Head of Services for Sheffield City Council working with their primary schools and before that both a head teacher and a teacher. Pauline is voting because she believes that all children have the right to high quality education in their local area.



Valdemar Kalinin is a contemporary Rom Poet and Writer. He was awarded the Hiroshima Prize for Peace and Culture in 2002 and the Roma Literary Award in 2003. He has written a translation of the Bible into the Romany language. Outside of writing Valdemar, has been an educationalist all his life working with children with special needs. He believes that increased political participation is the key to Roma equality.