It was an honour to serve Kensington as your Member of Parliament from May 2015 to June 2017 and I look forward to doing all I can to help Kensington in the future. I am committed to continuing to help local residents and will continue campaigning on local issues. Each week I have continued to be invited to local residents associations, voluntary organisations and community groups. Recently we had an excellent briefing from the local Police at the RBKC Safer Neighbourhood Board.
I live in Kensington, grew up here, went to school locally, and then to work, and have raised our four children here with my husband Jamie.
I worked in business, mostly at the Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres, 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.
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.
As your MP I held regular surgeries locally to enable you to raise your concerns with me. Many people have continued to contact me so that I can put them in touch with the right people to help them.
Important topics I have included to be involved with include housing, education and healthcare needs. My experience as a local councillor has helped me to liaise with local and national organisations, from RBKC 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, a review of NHS disciplinary procedures, improvements in health and social care and protected funding for local schools. I have worked with the Borough and broadband providers to improve the provision of superfast broadband in Kensington, 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.