Oona King was born on the 22 October 1967 in Sheffield, and brought up in Camden. Oona's father is Preston King, professor of political science, and her mother is Hazel King, a teacher.
Oona attended York University, gaining a 1st class BA Politics (1990). She was also awarded a scholarship to spend a year studying at Berkeley-University of California.
Oona worked as a Researcher for the Socialist Group of the European Parliament (1990), and then moved on to work for Glyn Ford MEP (1991-3). Following that she worked for Glenys Kinnock MEP (1994-5). Oona worked as a trade union officer for the GMB (1995-97) representing low-paid workers in the public sector.
Oona was first elected as a Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green & Bow in May 1997. She has campaigned on issues including anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, housing, fair rents, pensioner rights, immigration, electoral reform, inner city regeneration, comprehensive education, Europe, and a fairer international trade system. For more details on Oona's political career please see Parliamentary Biography
In 1994 Oona married Tiberio Santomarco, and they currently live in Mile End. Oona is determined to see that local people share in the growing prosperity of the East End. In her spare time, Oona enjoys cinema, dance music, history, and walking, and she speaks French and Italian.
Mayor's cabinet advisor on Culture, London Assembly member and co-founder of the London Black Women Council
Following a successful career in nursing, Jennette Arnold worked as an Industrial Relations Officer and as Regional Director of Services and Special Adviser (Equalities) to the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.
She then moved on to become a leading associate with the award winning training and organisational development consultancy, Beacon Associates.
Jennette has been acknowledged and recognised both in her native island of Montserrat and in the UK for her commitment to enabling individuals and communities to succeed in their endeavours.
She has been highly instrumental in facilitating, motivating and enabling a large number of black professionals to achieve and maximise their potential through personal development, mentorship and management training. She is a devout Christian and regular churchgoer.