December has been a very busy month, as has 2017 as a year, and I hope this e-newsletter provides you with a brief update on some of the things I've been working on locally. If you are ever interested in getting involved with any of the projects I am working on, do get in touch. I hope you and your family are having a great Christmas and a happy New Year!
Working in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields
In December, I had a busy month working on local issues raised by residents with me, including:
- Wrote nearly 2200 letters or emails to constituents about their concerns. There’s been a real increase in the number of constituents getting in touch, but I make sure I get back to everyone personally. I've worked on over 14,000 cases this year.
- Had 120 meetings this month in my local and ministerial role.
- Held my weekly constituency MP surgeries at libraries to meet with local residents to discuss their concerns. If you would like to book an appointment for a future MP surgery, do get in touch with my office - if you can’t make it do give me a call and I can make sure someone else can come along.
- Planted trees - (in fact an orchard!) on Dover House Road with the Roehampton Garden Society and the Friends of Wandsworth Park and local school children as part of National Tree Week.
- Supported local small business owners as part of Small Business Saturday and worked with Thamesfield and West Putney councillors to get community views on improving Putney High Street.
- Joined the Christmas celebrations with our Wandsworth Mayor Leslie McDonnell turning on the Putney Christmas Lights at St Mary’s Church.
- Discussed concerns raised by local residents about the Roehampton Playing Fields with Cllrs Steffi Sutters and Jonathan Cook.
- Met with the Wandsworth LGBT Forum.
- Joined Metropolitan Police Officers and Positively Putney (the Putney Business Improvement District organisation) to walk along Putney High Street to discuss crime and local concerns.
- Celebrated Christmas early with the 60+ cafe and the Roehampton Safer Neighbourhoods team.
Working for Westminster
As a local Member of Parliament, this month in Westminster I have:
- Hosted work experience students with an interest in politics.
- Presented awards at the Kids Count Inspiration Awards where the fantastic local group the World Heartbeat Academy won a well-deserved honour of Best Community Group.
- Met up with the Cats Protection society at their Christmas Reception to support the work they do on animal welfare.
As Secretary of State for Education I set out the first Social Mobility Action Plan for our country. It will take all of us working together - government, schools, businesses, communities - to create a Britain where it doesn’t matter where you’re growing up, what your circumstances are, there’s equality of opportunity. I think it’s never been more important. If you want to see the plan, you can find it here.
Policing along Putney High Street and Moped Crime
This month I had the opportunity to 'Walk the Met' with members of our local police along Putney High Street to discuss ongoing crime problems in the area. We were also joined by Positively Putney, the new Putney Business Improvement District organisation, as Putney businesses identified crime - especially shoplifting - as a major concern of theirs in a survey by Positively Putney.
You can see reported crime information here and while we have low levels of violent crime locally, we do see high levels of theft from motor vehicles and there is the rising problem of moped gangs. While the police are working to identify the gangs who commit these crimes, and the Metropolitan Police did a major London raid earlier this month, they have said that the best way to prevent crime is to be vigilant. Keep your cars locked and valuables out of sight and protected. The advice may seem obvious, but it is easy to forget, especially when we are busy. Tips and reminders of ways to prevent these crimes are available here.
Roehampton Playing Fields
Following concerns raised with me by residents on Dover House Road, at the Roehampton Forum meeting and in my MP inbox, I got in touch with Wandsworth Borough Council to discuss the proposed sale of the Roehampton Playing Fields.
I met with Wandsworth Councillors Steffi Sutters and Jonathan Cook to discuss the concerns that were raised with me. It’s good news that they have announced that the current proposals have been put on hold for six months so residents will be given a chance to give their views on the proposed future of the playing fields, but as importantly, to give us a chance pull together a proposal for how the community can be more involved in how Roehampton Playing Fields are run and managed. A new Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust has been established and I look forward to working with the Trust, local councillors, and members of the community over the coming months to find a solution that really works for our community.
The Prime Minister had secured an agreement earlier this month to conclude the first part of our negotiations with the European Union which now allows us to move on to the next stage talks. An update on the progress of negotiations can be seen here.
The agreement provides the guarantees on EU citizens' rights that have been wanted since the referendum vote and, of course, the upcoming trade talks are vital for protecting jobs, our industry and the City.
I regularly pull together our local views on the progress of the EU negotiations because I believe it's hugely important that both David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and the PM get a direct view from our community, so do please continue to let me have your comments, concerns and views as these complex negotiations now proceed to the next stage.
I hope that this update gives you a brief snapshot of some of the things I am working on as our local Member of Parliament. As ever, if you would like to contact me or raise an issue, than please get in touch and I will do the best I can to help. You can email me on email@example.com, write to me at 3 Summerstown, SW17 0BQ or call my office on 0208 946 4557. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see all my latest updates.
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