Championed small businesses

  • I led the campaign to bring Small Business Saturday to the UK to celebrate and support our small businesses; I successfully campaigned to set up a Business Improvement District in Streatham; and I also chaired a local High Street Summit to look at local business needs such as tackling anti-social behaviour.

Campaigned to improve our economic infrastructure

I have repeatedly voted in favour of HS2 and I have campaigned to increase the availability of broadband for households and local businesses.

Stood up for businesses against a damaging Brexit

I have supported our national industries by campaigning to Stop Brexit which means we would keep Freedom of Movement and remain in the Single Market and Customs Union.

Worked as a Member of the Treasury Select Committee

Between July 2010 and July 2011, I was a member of the Treasury Select Committee. During my time on the committee I was a firm advocate of business needs while holding irresponsible businesses to account.

Opposed pharmaceutical merger

In 2014, I led a campaign and voted to block a buyout of AstraZeneca by Pfizer. 

Worked as Shadow Business Secretary

From October 2011 to September 2015 I was Shadow Business Secretary. During my time in this role I worked hard to champion and promote business and enterprise. 

Campaigned to bring Small Business Saturday to the UK

In 2013, I successfully led the campaign to establish Small Business Saturday, an initiative to encourage people to use local small businesses in the UK.

Chaired a local High Street summit

In 2019 I chaired a High Street Summit at the Streatham Space Project, which gave local business owners a chance to discuss local and national concerns with representatives from the council, the police and the Business Improvement District.

Supported small businesses impacted by crime

In December 2017, I chaired a meeting of local small businesses, residents and community police officers to discuss how to make our streets safer and tackle anti-social behaviour.

Opposition to takeover of Cobham

In August 2019, I wrote to the Business Secretary voicing my opposition to Cobham, a British aerospace and defence company, being taken over by Advent, an American private equity firm.