What I do

Balham

The Streatham constituency contains significant residential areas of Balham. It has been a centre of the Polish community in London since World War II, but also has significant Irish, Portuguese, Somali, Brazilian and Pakistani communities.

I have written to Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Business, calling for government to intervene in the proposed takeover of British aerospace firm Cobham by a US vulture private equity firm.

I signed EDM 2368 calling on government to fund legal aid costs for the families of victims of terrorism, a campaign started by the family of a victim of the London Bridge attack.

I visited Dilpasand, a great new restaurant on the High Road and one of the few serving Pakistani food in Streatham, to talk about local business, and the challenges of opening a restaurant.

Visiting Creative Soul, an arts and design shop on Streatham High Road to discuss business, the local economy and the art and creative scene in Streatham that supply them.

I wrote to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid calling on him to back our call for significant investment in public services, skills, infrastructure and adopt a full industrial strategy.

I attended the March for Change with Remain activists and Liberal Democrat members to call for a People’s Vote and to stop Brexit.

I knocked on doors on Cavendish Road to talk to residents about local issues. Two local school children gave me one of their posters raising awareness of climate change!

I visited Clapham Park estate to see the new community centre The Cube for a tour of the new facilities and to talk to local young people about issues such as knife crime and youth services.

I tabled a series of questions to the Local Government Minister following up on concerns raised by constituents about housing, safety and homelessness.

I voted in favour of Hilary Benn’s amendment to the Northern Ireland bill to prevent a future Tory Prime Minister from suspending Parliament to force through a No Deal Brexit.

I raised the issue of the new mandatory two-factor authentication rules for online purchases from September with the Business Minister and warned of the major disruption to online retail unprepared for the changes.

I knocked on doors in the Sackville estate to talk about local issues like crime and local community developments, as well as hearing views on Brexit and national politics from residents.

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