About Me

It has been an honour to serve Kensington as our Member of Parliament since May 2015 and I look forward to doing all I can to help Kensington in the future.

My predecessor Sir Malcolm Rifkind had a long and very distinguished career in national politics and served the constituency of Kensington & Chelsea since 2005, and from 2010 the new constituency of Kensington.  (Greg Hands MP is the MP for Chelsea and Fulham).

I live in Kensington, I 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, for a subsidiary of P&O for twenty years before entering politics.  I have been a school governor in North Kensington for over 20 years and served as a Kensington and Chelsea Councillor from 2002 until 2015.  I was elected as a member of the London Assembly in 2008 and I served as The Deputy Mayor of London to Boris Johnson.

During my time in politics I championed early intervention on alcohol abuse, reducing obesity and worked hard on the 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 have held regular surgeries locally, to enable you to raise your concerns with me.  Important topics have included 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.

On the Science and Technology Committee I have pushed for greater investment in education and the UK Tech Sector.  In Parliament 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 argued against the proposed increase to National Insurance Contributions and I am delighted that these have now been dropped.

I support our Prime Minister – Theresa May and her Cabinet in their aims to deliver the strong and stable leadership, which will secure our economy for the future, locally in Kensington.

Elections – ARE YOU ON THE VOTING REGISTER? We have elections in May, and if you want to vote please make sure you are on the voting register. Remember there is a new system with Individual Voter Registration, so it is important to check you are on the NEW register.

Contact Electoral Services
Email: elect@rbkc.gov.uk
Electoral Helpline: 020 7361 3444 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm)

If there is any doubt that you may be away – apply for your postal vote now. Remember if you have a postal vote, you can still use it on the day if you are not away, but if you discover too late you are going to be away then it may be too late to apply for a postal vote. So if in doubt, I recommend you apply for a postal vote.

http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/council/localdemocracyandelections/registertovote.aspx or www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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