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 and I brought up my four children here. I also managed a local community centre here before becoming an MP, where 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, and decided to stand to be a Wandsworth Labour councillor – I was elected in Bedford ward 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.
Since becoming your MP, I have tirelessly spoken up for local residents in the House of Commons on essential issues like Hammersmith Bridge, the cladding crisis, cleaning up our air, support for our local schools, saving the Urgent Care Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, and so much more. I hold regular surgeries for constituents on Fridays, and I spend a lot of time visiting our fantastic local schools and enjoying everything Putney, Roehampton and Southfields has to offer.
If you want to see what I’ve achieved in my first two years, you can watch my two years in two minutes challenge below!