Layla was elected as the Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon in 2017, and is currently campaigning for her re-election. During this election period, there are no MPs.
She is the Liberal Democrats’ Shadow Education Secretary, an issue that as a former teacher she is deeply passionate about, and is also the spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
In Parliament, Layla has campaigned to stop Brexit, properly tackle the climate crisis and make our education system world-class.
Layla continues to work to get the cruel Vagrancy Act repealed. The Act is an archaic piece of legislation that criminalises rough sleeping. Layla introduced a Bill in Parliament to repeal the Dickensian legislation.
Locally, Layla has stood up for local residents. She has consistently opposed the Expressway, worked cross-party to push back against the privatisation of the Churchill Hospital’s world-class cancer scanning service and worked to ensure the Lodge Hill diamond junction finally becomes a reality.
Before entering Parliament, Layla was a Physics and Maths teacher by profession with over ten years’ experience, and was the youngest Head of Year in her school’s history and went on to lead curriculum development.
She 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 some Spanish, Arabic and Greek.