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From speaking to local residents about their local issues and concerns, to attending Tooting Islamic Centre open day, joining local parents to campaign against telephone masts being installed next to Hillbrook Primary School and meeting with Crossrail 2 managers – it’s been another action packed month! We’ve also seen a number of important Parliamentary votes on issues such as introducing plain packaging on tobacco products, which I was proud to vote in favour of.
There have been two key highlights this month however. The first was International Women’s Day – which we celebrated at the beginning of March. For me this was the perfect opportunity to bring together our friends and neighbours, of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to celebrate the achievements of Wandsworth women, and to also discuss what further action is needed to help achieve equality. It was good to welcome over 60 local women to the event, to discuss important issues such as the gender pay gap, women in politics and the victimization of women across the world.
My second highlight was working with South Thames College to support National Apprenticeship Week, which was first introduced by the Labour Government in 2008. As both the local MP, and a strong supporter of apprenticeships (I’ve had several of my own in Parliament), I spoke to Wandsworth businesses about the importance of helping young people to fulfil their potential. This was the first event of its kind held in Tooting, and I’m really pleased to report lots of businesses signed up to take on apprentices as a result!
After almost as decade as the MP for Tooting, I never get tired of working with the local community to make our area an even better place to live. If there is an issue I can help with, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7219 6967.