“As many of you know I am not standing for re-election for the next Council term 2022-2026 in Rush Common Ward. This was a difficult decision for me to make as I have been involved with the Tulse Hill community and the local Labour Party for 20 years.
Being elected to the Council in 2013 has allowed me to have more influence and leverage more resources for the area over the past nine years. And together with my fellow councillors, Marcia and Ben, I am proud of the work we have done to enable the voice of our community to be heard in the Town Hall.
There is now a Maker Space on Tulse Hill estate, a strategy for youth services in Tulse Hill, and many community projects that we have helped to seed, as well as a general improvement in the environment and street services.
I have always tried to use my office to empower individuals to recognise that it is political decisions that result in the demanding situations that they are experiencing. The difficulties are the result of political decisions on investment in housing, education, and the health service as well as the pernicious benefits system.
I hope to continue to work with the new Rush Common team – as in the local community, continuity is important; and there will be many joint issues.
My thanks to the many people and groups across the community who have supporter’s my work over the years. Representing Tulse Hill has been a privilege.