Layla lives in North Oxford and is a Physics and Maths teacher by profession. Currently she works with an Oxford-based social enterprise to deliver exam preparation courses. She read Physics at Imperial College and holds a masters in Comparative Education.
Layla has an international background; her mother is a Christian Arab from Jerusalem, and her father is a British EU Ambassador. She has lived in many countries including Belgium, Greece, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Jordan, and speaks French fluently along with a some Spanish, Arabic and Greek.
Layla has built her political career on community action. She started by leading a campaign to save a community centre at the end of her road. As a candidate has campaigned to save local businesses, help residents fight insensitive planning applications and fight for increased school places. Her work in the Party reflects her background and desire to help people. She sits on the International Relations Committee, is the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Candidates Association, and has previously chaired her local Party meetings.
As a candidate, Layla stood in 2010 in the marginal constituency of Battersea. She dramatically increased membership. In particular, by recruiting and engaging with younger members so enhancing the Party’s campaigning capabilities. The seat attracted strong media attention. She was featured by local , and national news publications and she has represented the Party on the BBC, Sky News, the World Service and 5 Live.
Further to that, in 2012 she stood as an Assembly Candidate in the Tory heartland of West Central, London. There she successfully increased the vote in target wards and worked with councillors and activists across three Local Parties, coordinating fundraising and inspired activists, old and new, to become involved in what was a difficult election.
In her personal life, Layla is an accomplished musician who sings and plays the cello. She also enjoys jogging and once ran 8Km, dressed as a Gorilla, to raise money for the Gorilla Foundation.