My track record
Words cannot express how proud I am to represent Battersea as your Member of Parliament.
It continues to be a true privilege and honour to serve the community, following in the footsteps of amazing Labour men and women like Caroline Ganley and Martin Linton.
Since becoming your MP I have worked tirelessly to representing you locally and have sought to be your voice in the House of Commons at every opportunity.
It has been an enormous responsibility and honour to hold this Tory Government to account, be it on its appalling failure to protect leaseholders on the issues of fire safety and essential remediation works; the lack of genuinely affordable housing; the cruel and unfair cuts to Social Security, including Universal Credit; and the dire lack of support in this current cost of living crisis.
Despite my efforts opposing Brexit at every stage, we now face the devastating impact of Britain leaving the EU. I continue to stand up for EU citizens living here in Battersea and for the businesses suffering from the effects of Brexit.
Of course, my achievements aren’t mine alone – efforts to engineer local change have been supported every step of the way by Battersea residents. We secured step-free access at both Battersea Park and Wandsworth Town railway stations, and I am currently campaigning to secure the same for Queenstown Road. Our efforts also saved the Route 19 bus and South Western Railway services.
I am proud of the strong links established across the community to Battersea’s key stakeholders. I have worked in close collaboration with Battersea’s community and faith organisations, charities, local police and schools.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I fought for funding for the charities and industries hardest hit, including the arts, leisure and tourism along with other small businesses. I am proud of the #LetsVaccinateBattersea campaign that sought to increase take up of the Covid vaccine.
I have fought against the off-rolling of children from our schools and continue to fight for opportunities for our young people. In summer 2023 I held my third Political Summer School for young people in Battersea, which was a huge success. Students enjoyed inspirational addresses from high-profile politicians including former Labour Home Secretary Lord Blunkett, and current Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner, as well as visits to the Apple HQ at Battersea Power Station and the US Embassy.
As a lifelong disability rights campaigner, it was an honour to serve as Shadow Minister for Disabled People, leading Labour’s response and producing our disability manifesto – Breaking Down Barriers. I am immensely proud of serving in Keir Starmer’s first Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, especially in my role rising to the unprecedented challenge of leading Labour’s response to the pandemic and its disproportionate impact on disabled people, Black and ethnic minority people, and women.lt with over 36,000 casework enquires from constituents. I have held hundreds of surgeries and lead regular business walkabouts and coffee drop-ins.