It is an honour to serve as the Member of Parliament for Lewisham East.
I’ve lived in Lewisham East for over 25 years. This is my home – where I have worked, where my children go to school, where my family and friends live. The issues that matter to people in Lewisham East also matter to me.
My first involvement in politics came in 2010 when I was elected as a Councillor for Whitefoot ward in Lewisham East. In 2012, I was promoted to the Cabinet as the lead for community safety and served as Deputy Mayor of Lewisham in 2018.
As an experienced campaigner, I fought against the closure of Lewisham A&E and worked with Lewisham Council to take legal action against the Liberal Democrat-Conservative Coalition Government. I worked with the Council and housing developers to bring forward plans to build new homes with the support of local residents on the Excalibur Estate. I have campaigned to protect local nursery services, to create a strategy to prevent violence against women and girls, and to work with community safety partners to prevent and reduce crime.
I am a passionate champion of our children and young people. In Parliament, I serve as the Shadow Minister for Youth Justice where I am working to restore trust and to build a more effective justice system for children and young people. After 13 years of Tory chaos and mismanagement, our youth justice system needs vital attention to properly work for young people, to protect victims, and to deliver for local communities.
Protecting our environment, tackling climate change and poor air quality, reducing poverty and addressing the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis are just some of my priorities in Parliament. Our country has so much untapped potential, and I believe passionately in building a better Britain which is fairer and greener.
I’m proud to represent Lewisham East in Parliament. From Lee to Catford to Downham, Lewisham East is home to many people, families, communities, and cultures living side-by-side as one. Our diversity is our strength.
It gives me great pride to work for everyone in Lewisham East and to be your voice in Parliament. If you need my assistance with an issue, please click below to find out how you can contact me.