I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood, which has been my home for almost 20 years. Thank you to everyone who voted. I am here to represent everyone in this constituency, no matter how you voted.
In the past two years I have campaigned hard both in Parliament and in the constituency on behalf of our local communities, and against the damage which both the Lib Dem-Tory Coalition and, since 2015, the Tory Government have done. I am working for a fairer economy where everyone earns at least the London Living Wage, more opportunities for our young people, more genuinely affordable housing to rent and buy, against government cuts to our police, to save our precious NHS and for firm action to tackle air pollution and make the UK a leader on climate change once again.
I have always been passionately pro-European. I campaigned hard to Remain in the EU and the Labour Party locally spoke to more voters than almost any local constituency political party in the country to encourage them to vote Remain. I have continued to represent the very strongly held pro-Remain views of residents in Dulwich and West Norwood and I voted against the triggering of Article 50 in Parliament at every opportunity.
I have supported local parents and teachers in campaigning against the Tory Government’s proposals to cut funding to every single one of our local schools, I have chaired a Joint Select Committee Enquiry into the future of supported housing and I was a co-sponsor of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, which became law just before the Dissolution of Parliament.
I have held the Government to account for Southern Rail’s disastrous services by writing repeatedly to the Minister and Secretary of State on behalf of residents, but also by speaking up about the issue in Parliament and as a founding member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern Rail. I am leading the campaign against the closure of our local Royal Mail Delivery Offices in East Dulwich and West Norwood, and working with local residents and groups on a wide range of issues, from the state of our streets to the future of local amenities.
You can read more about my campaigns here: http://www.helenhayes.org.uk/issues
I have run regular constituency surgeries four times a month and have represented more than 5,000 individual local residents in difficult circumstances since my election in 2015, and countless more who have contacted me about policy issues or matters of wider concern. These cases range from ensuring young people with autism receive the care they need, supporting asylum seekers and refugees and representing tenants being exploited by private landlords, to helping residents with severe disabilities access the right benefits and working with local communities to clean up our streets.
I am a person who gets things done and before my election in 2015 I set up and ran a successful company, working with communities to improve neighbourhoods and deliver new jobs and homes. I have spent my entire working life – both as a town planner and an MP - involving local people in decision-making.
The strength of our area is in its people – its diverse and active communities and the hundreds of people who give their time and commitment to making it a better place – it is an absolute privilege to serve, and I am seeking your support to continue to do so.