I’m a local resident (living in Anerley).
I love our parks, our local shops, my family and friends in the area, and the fantastic community groups. They’re what make London my home. They’re what motivate me to be involved in local politics.
I’m also a campaigner. I’ve led successful campaigns since I got my students’ union to go Fairtrade in 2003. Since then – to give a few examples – I’ve defended small software companies against a flawed patent law in the European Parliament in 2005, made Southwark Council adopt the living wage in 2008, helped Community Land Trusts start to build affordable housing in 2012, and most recently I’ve joined the efforts to stop the Mayor of London and developers from building on Crystal Palace Park and destroying its sporting facilities.
As your MP, I could bring this energy and experience to be a powerful advocate for change – for genuinely affordable housing, for more equal pay, for railways in public hands, for less polluted air, and for serious action on climate change.
I’m involved in politics because I want to get things done, not because I enjoy bickering with other politicians. As the head of office for the Green Party at the London Assembly I’ve been able to work with the other three main parties to build consensus where needed. This is especially important in areas like Crystal Palace and Forest Hill, which are divided across constituencies and councils and suffer as a result.
As your MP, I would work constructively with anyone who shared my vision for change and my commitment to these areas, and I would support more local power in Neighbourhood Forums and Parish Councils to help communities let down by the failure of councils to work cross-border.