It was an honour to serve Kensington as your Member of Parliament from May 2015 to June 2017.
I am delighted to be invited to local residents associations, voluntary organisations and community groups, and RBKC Safer Neighbourhood Board and Healthwatch.
My father was an engineer and my mother made hats!
I have lived in Kensington /all my life, and live here with my husband Jamie and 4 children, who are now grown up.
I worked in business, for a subsidiary of P & O for twenty years, before entering politics. I continue to serve as a school governor in North Kensington.
From 2002 – 2006 I was a local Councillor and in 2008 I was elected as a Member of the London Assembly and became The Deputy Mayor of London to Boris Johnson from 2012-2015.
During my time in politics, I have championed early intervention on alcohol abuse, reducing obesity and worked with Government and local charities on issues surrounding dementia. I have also campaigned for more action to be taken on the issue of FGM across London.
I am a passionate supporter of all the cadets and youth organisations as they provide fantastic training for the next generation and give them great opportunities whilst keeping them safe.
As Chairman of the Health and Public Services committee at the GLA, I worked with cross-party groups on helping children who have been taken into care, improving access to childcare, reducing fuel poverty, reviewing the provision of emergency services, including detailed work on the London Ambulance Service.
My experience as a local councillor and member of parliament has helped me to liaise with local and national organisations, from Social Services to the Department for Work and Pensions – giving a voice to those who struggle to be heard.
In Parliament, on the Science and Technology Committee, I pushed for greater investment in education and the UK Tech Sector. It is vital that we enable our young people to have access to apprenticeships and employment.
I have lobbied for greater social housing, greater investment in the NHS, improvements in health and social care and protected funding for local schools.
I have worked with broadband providers to improve the provision of superfast broadband, campaigned to save the Royal Brompton Hospital – lobbying the Secretary of State for Health, and I have argued against the proposed increase to National Insurance Contributions for the self employed.
If you have any local concerns please contact me here.