Varinder Singh Bola was born in Barking Hospital in 1989 and has lived in the London Borough of Redbridge all his life.
Varinder was educated at local state schools including Cleveland Junior School, followed by Loxford School of Science and Technology for his secondary and further education. He graduated from the School of Aerospace, Automotive and Design Engineering, University of Hertfordshire with a BSc(Hons) degree in Aerospace Technology with Management (2008-2012).
Whilst at University, he served as the Chair of Labour Students Club (2011-2012) and was later elected by the students from across the United Kingdom to serve as a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the National Union of Students (2011-2013).
During his studies, he worked for large market leading companies including Airbus Operations Ltd, a subsidiary company of EADS, the global pan-European aerospace and defence corporation, and spend his year in industry with NATS (En-route) PLC, the UK’s largest provider of Air Traffic Management services.
Following graduation, he joined the office of Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South) as a senior aide. He was subsequently elected by party members as the youngest Constituency Secretary of the Ilford South Labour Party. In May 2014, he was elected to the London Borough of Redbridge Council to represent Cranbrook ward after successfully unseating a longstanding Conservative Cabinet Member and former Mayor of Redbridge.
Today Varinder works as a Parliamentary Officer for a small transatlantic nuclear weapons policy think-tank based in Whitehall, leading on policy engagement with UK Parliamentarians across parties, civil servants and other decision makers in the UK’s Trident nuclear weapon system renewal debate.
Varinder is a board member of the Oxford Research Group, a leading independent think-tank that has been influential for 30 years in pioneering the idea of sustainable approaches to security as an alternative to violent global confrontation, through original research, wide-ranging dialogue, and practical policy recommendations.
He is also a member of the UK delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe, the first inter-governmental organisation seeking to promote peace through respect for human rights, pluralistic democracy and the rule of law across Europe. He serves on its Current Affairs Committee and has been appointed by the Congress Bureau as the substitute spokesperson on cultural diversity and inclusion.
In the community
Varinder is a Patron of Faith Matters. He is an Advisory Board Member (England) of TellMAMA, a national project which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the United Kingdom. Varinder has served as a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Community Transport Waltham Forest, a small charity that provides safe, affordable and accessible group travel service to local community and voluntary groups in Waltham Forest
He remains a professional member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He fundraises for charities including the Alzheimer’s Society and Cats Protection. He has a strong interest in supporting community-based initiatives that promote opportunities for social inclusion and learning.