I'm excited to launch my new monthly e-newsletter to let you know about some of the many things I am working on for our community. If you are ever interested in getting involved with any of the projects I am working on, do get in touch.
Working in Westminster
As a local Member of Parliament, this month in Westminster I have
- Met with former Ashcroft Academy students to support UK Youth Parliament and their “Make Your Mark” campaign encouraging young people to get involved with politics.
- Campaigned with fellow MPs to encourage people to #wearitpink on 20 October in support of BreastCancerNow’s fundraising campaign to back life-saving breast cancer research.
- Discussed the importance of organ and blood donation at a reception with Kidney Care UK and NHS Blood and Transplant. I'm a registered donor - it's really easy and if you’d like to register as a donor please visit: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-your-details/
I also wanted to provide an update on the European Union Withdrawal Bill which passed its second reading in the House of Commons this month. The overall purpose of the Bill is to make sure we don’t have any legal “holes” when we leave the EU. Obviously when we do leave, existing EU laws lapse, so we need to legislate for UK based laws in the same areas, and then we won't end up with a legal gap when we finally leave the EU. Although this overall principle of the Bill has been agreed, the next stage will now be to get into the important detail of how we make sure it can best work.
This is a very important issue to all of us, and of course especially for lots of EU citizens who live locally, so I'm making sure any local concerns on this Bill, and more generally, get directly to the Brexit Secretary David Davis so that he is aware of them whilst the Bill is under debate and I will continue to provide updates to make what's happening in the process as transparent as possible.
Out and about in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields
In September, I had a busy month working on local issues raised by residents with me. I:
- Responded to 534 new requests for help from constituents and wrote 672 letters and emails in my role as a constituency MP in order to follow up on residents’ concerns. Since 2010, I have been contacted by over 23,000 constituents about 44,000 different issues.
- Held several constituency surgeries at local 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.
- Met with Cllr Sarah McDermott, the Lead Council Member for Children’s Services at Wandsworth Borough Council to discuss education and children services’ matters in the borough.
- Discussed the NHS South West London Alliance’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan with Directors of the South West London Alliance.
- Celebrated Seahorse Nursery's 20th Anniversary at Albermarle School and was interviewed by some former Seahorse Nursery alumni!
- Met with the Roehampton Club to talk about future plans for the club and road safety on Roehampton Lane.
- Joined the Friends of Wandsworth Park for the Totally Thames Tea Party on the River Terrace on the day of the Great River Race.
- Chaired a Tideway Tunnel Community Liaison Working Group Meeting which brings together residents and the Tideway team to discuss the local part of the Thames Tunnel project.
- Joined Rackets Cubed, England Squash and The PSA Foundation to promote sport and education in Roehampton.
- Met Southfields Grid residents at the Southfields Grid Residents' Association Meeting at St Barnabas Church.
- Supported the Putney Foreshore Festival with lots of local charities including our local RNLI Chiswick branch, local businesses like Crewroom and the Thames Tideway team.
- Went to St Mary's Church in Putney to support the Putney Charity Pop-Up in aid of Grief Encounter, a charity supporting the children of Grenfell families who need help on dealing with trauma.
Southfields Post Office Update
As many of its local customers and residents may be aware, the Post Office site in Southfields was under threat of having to close temporarily at the end of September. I have been working with the Post Office over the last 18 months to ensure the continuation of provision locally and I arranged an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of the Post Office, Paula Vennells, earlier in the summer.
The meeting was extremely positive and Ms Vennells reaffirmed her commitment to ensuring service is reinstated as soon as possible. The Post Office has agreed to work closely with and provide additional support to the new Postmaster, once they have been appointed, to ensure the new Post Office is up and running as soon as possible.
I've done an update to Southfields residents, but wanted to assure residents that I am continuing to work hard with the Post Office to ensure that any disruption to our Post Office service in the Southfields and West Hill area is avoided and otherwise kept to an absolute minimum. I will continue to keep residents updated on any further news.
Tackling anti-social behaviour on Wildcroft Road
I have received regular complaints about flytipping, abandoned vehicles and car break-ins in the road. In turn, this sort of anti-social behaviour often attracts further incidents of potentially more serious criminal activity.
At the moment, as long as the vehicles are taxed and insured, they are able to park in Wildcroft Road because there are no parking restrictions at all. I know that when I have followed the issue up in the past that residents were not keen to see the introduction of parking restrictions which would prevent them parking in the road for much of the day. However, I’ve had lots more complaints recently and it does seem as if the situation has deteriorated, so I did a leaflet drop to ask local residents for their views on how it might best be tackled.
I've had a great response so far - thanks to everyone who's got in touch, and I will now let Wandsworth Council know residents' views on this. In the meantime, I have also contacted the police to highlight residents’ broader crime concerns. As ever, the more of an overall picture I can get the better so do let me know your thoughts.
Moped crime in Wandsworth
This month, I wrote to the Police Minister Nick Hurd to clarify what the police are able to do in relation to moped crime following a meeting with local residents and the Borough Commander of the Metropolitan Police.
There has been an increase in reports of moped crime and the community meeting I went to in August was an excellent opportunity to discuss residents' concerns with Wandsworth Borough Councillors and the local Safer Neighbourhood's team. As I continue to follow up this issue, I will provide updates on my website so that everyone can be kept informed, but do get in touch if you have any further thoughts in the meantime.
Parsons Green attack
I wanted to provide an update on the terrorist attack that occurred on our branch of the District Line at Parsons Green station as I know many local residents use the District Line and may have been caught up in the incident.
Several individuals have now been arrested in relation to the attack. Counter Terrorism Officers continue to investigate so if you saw something or have any information that might help police in their investigation please contact the information hotline on 0800 789 321; if it's an emergency always call 999. Anyone with images from the scene is asked to upload them to www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk. For those who were sadly caught up in the event, if you need any support you can talk to someone by calling The Sarah Hope Line on 0343 222 567.
Finally, I’d like to thank our fantastic emergency services who responded quickly and continue to work hard to keep us all safe, and my thoughts are with those affected by this cowardly attack on our community.
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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