About Us


Your Maida Vale Labour Action Team is made up of Cllr Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, who are all here to help.




Cllr Rita Begum

Rita has been a Councillor for Maida Vale since 2014 and is Shadow Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community. Her achievements locally include securing the 20mph speed limit pilot, gaining funding for a local Cycle Hire station and upgrading the toilets and baby-changing facilities in Paddington Rec.

Rita is married with 4 children and has worked for a local community organisation for 14 years.

Follow Rita on Twitter - @CllrRitaB




Geoff Baraclough

Geoff is a senior manager at a technology company and mentors start-up businesses. He is married with one child and has lived in Maida Vale since 1998. He has been active in local issues since setting up the Lord Elgin Twitter account in 2010. Geoff has served as Chair of Ashworth Mansions Ltd, honorary Vice President of Paddington Sports Club and Chair of the Friends of the Truscott Arms.

Follow Geoff on Twitter - @W9MaidaVale




Nafsika Butler-Thalassis

Nafsika is CEO of a local health charity. She is an EU citizen who came to the UK from Greece as a child and chose to make Britain her home. She has lived in Maida Vale for 23 years and is married with two young children. As the mum of a child with autism, she is experienced in trying to get the best out of local services. Nafsika has a PhD in the history of British military psychiatry, is passionate about fighting health inequalities and holding the government to account on the rights of EU citizens.

Follow Nafsika on Twitter - @NafsikaT