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05 July 2024

King's alumnus wins seat at UK general election

A King’s alumnus will soon take his place in the House of Commons after winning a seat at the general election in the UK.

Jeevun Sandher1973

Dr Jeevun Sandher, who completed his PhD in the Department of Political Economy, was selected by the Labour Party to stand in the Loughborough constituency at the election, which he won from the Conservatives with a majority of almost 5,000 votes.

The Loughborough seat, in Leicestershire, was previously held by Jane Hunt, of the Conservative Party, who was elected to the seat in 2019 with a majority of more than 7,000.

Jeevun’s doctoral research at King's built on his work in the fields of labour economics, inequality, poverty, social security and the philosophical foundations of Sen’s Capability Approach. He completed his studies at King’s in 2022.

Prior to starting his PhD, Jeevun worked as an economist at the Somaliland Ministry of Finance, HM Treasury, and the Department for Work and Pensions, where he advised on budgeting, macroeconomic policy, inequality, poverty and social security.