Our local hospital, Whipps Cross were downgrading and laying off nurses to pay £100 million a year to a private company for their PFI contract. PFI devastates our local services, creating huge costs to deliver vital services. Schools, hospitals, police stations and other public services are all crippled trying to keep up with extortionate PFI contracts. I’m campaigning to stop PFI’s damage to local authority’s finances.
High cost Debt
I am very concerned about the lack of regulation on high cost credit, and am campaigning for more regulation of loan sharks. I campaigned for regulation of the predatory lending of Wonga, which has since shut down, and am now working to ensure new regulation is introduced to protect consumers from firms who are trying to get around the rules so they can rip people off.
Tackling violence on our streets
In the past 18 months, we have lost 6 young people in Walthamstow due to knife and gun crime. I have been urging the Government to give us increased resources in pupil referral units, including mental health support, and for a reversal of the cut of 200 police officers.
It’s 2019. Women are getting paid less than men. Women in Northern Ireland are criminalised for accessing basic healthcare. Women are underepresented in politics. Women are harassed on the street. The pace of change is slow and I am campaigning for a broad range of gender equality issues. Until we are all free, we are none of us free.
Brexit is one of the most important issues facing the country today and it’s vital that the UK is not left worse off. Thousands of Wakthamstow residents have contacted me about Brexit, and continue to write, and I have held many workshops in Walthamstow about Brexit to communicate updates and hear the veiws of local residents. I support the freedom of movement, UK membership of the Customs Union, UK membership of the Single Market and the campaign for a People’s Vote.
Walthamstow is a diverse community and we’re proud of it. However Walthamstow, like the rest of the country, has had to respond to the challenges we are facing as a result of divisions and hatred in our society. I’m fighting for a reform of hate crime laws so that we can ensure no one is targeted because of who they are.
It’s over two years since the police set fire to the Calais refugee camp at our border with France, and four since the horrific death of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned seeking refuge, woke up Britain to the plight of child refugees. Among the 10,000 people in that ramshackle site in France were at least 1,000 unaccompanied children, the youngest just eight years old. I have campaigned for the safe passage of unaccompanied minors and supported the Dubs Amendment.