About Me

It is a huge privilege to have served as the Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood, the area which has been my home for more than 20 years, since first being elected in 2015.

Before I was elected to Parliament, I worked as town planner. I have spent my entire working life – both as a town planner and an MP - involving local people in decision-making.

I work closely on the issues that matter most to my constituents – championing our NHS and brilliant local schools, tackling the housing crisis, fighting the injustice of the Windrush scandal and the hostile environment, tackling air pollution and improving road safety, stopping the climate emergency, and calling for the action needed to lower the cost of living.

I led the campaign against the closure of our local Royal Mail Delivery Offices in East Dulwich and West Norwood and have worked since then to fix our broken postal services.  I campaigned for better support for King’s College Hospital staff throughout the Covid-19 pandemic successfully forcing the government to write off the hospital’s historic debt. Every week, I work closely with the local communities most affected by serious violence and support the vital work of our fantastic youth organisations working to tackle this. And I helped to save our much-loved local football club Dulwich Hamlet FC, raising their plight in Parliament.

I currently serve as Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years focused on childcare and early education, support for children with special education needs and children’s social care.