It was an honour and a privilege to be elected as the new MP for Putney, Roehampton & Southfields in December 2019.
I’ve lived in Wandsworth for 25 years. I brought up my four children here and managed a local community centre for the past three years. I ran projects for older people, youth services and families.
I first got into local politics when the Council shut down my local children’s centre and Tescos nearly shut down my local pub. I led local campaigns, got angry about decisions that were being made, decided to stand to be a Wandsworth Labour councillor and was elected in 2014.
For 25 years I have led international environmental and poverty campaigns with Christian Aid, Water Aid and communities around the world. In my twenties I worked in Bosnia during the war and rebuilt villages – this gave me a determination to get things done that I’ve never lost.
I’ve won change at the UN and national governments. Locally I led the campaign for the 20mph limit on our streets and co-founded Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees and campaigned against the cutting of the Autism Advisory Service.
In Parliament, I’m a member of the Education Select Committee and Vice Chair of the APPG on South Western Railway, Vice Chair of the Ahmadiyya APPG, and Vice Chair of the APPGs on ME, Domestic Abuse, Leaseholders, Loan Charges.
I tirelessly speak up for local residents in the House of Commons and hold regular surgeries on Fridays and Saturdays in Southfields, Roehampton, Putney and Wandsworth.