Alex Sobel MP: Reflections on his IPT Fellowship | IPT

Alex Sobel has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds North-West since he was first elected in June 2017. Alex undertook an IPT Fellowship to gain a greater understanding of what businesses are doing to create future jobs. Throughout his Fellowship, Alex worked with Cisco, Google, Environmental Services Association, NCC Group, Weidmann Whiteley, Nominet UK, Imagination Technologies, Octopus Investments, Coca Cola Ltd and Drax.

We asked Alex to tell us his own words why he signed up to the IPT Fellowship Programme and what impact it has had.

Why did you sign up for the IPT Fellowship programme and how did you first hear about it?

‘There are many areas where you are expected to have first-hand knowledge but you didn't experience them before entering Parliament. The IPT gives an exceptional opportunity to remedy this. I worked in the tech sector many years ago and still have a deep interest reflected in my Vice-Chairship of PICTFOR. The Fellowship visiting tech and related companies was ideal.’

What were your highlights during the IPT Fellowship programme?

‘All the visits were very valuable and a particular highlight was my visit to Nominet, learning how a charitable foundation allocates and curates all our .UK domain names and how it conducts applied research, for instance on autonomous vehicles.’

How has the IPT Fellowship programme helped you in your role as a parliamentarian?

‘It was useful to expand my knowledge but also created contacts in the sector.’