1. PROTECTING OUR GREEN SPACES AND FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT
For many years, I’ve campaigned to protect our suburban environment. I’m opposing plans for high density blocks of flats in Victoria Quarter in New Barnet. My petition to protect the fields at Whalebones attracted over a thousand signatures. During my time as Environment Secretary, I had put forward ground-breaking legislation to protect biodiversity and the natural environment and to promote nature recovery.
I am fighting strongly against the Mayor of London’s plans to build high rise intensive developments over tube station car parks in High Barnet and Cockfosters. I oppose the Mayor’s proposal to allow more developments on back gardens; and I will be working with Barnet Council to ensure Barnet’s new Local Plan protects our green belt and green spaces.
I’m backing new homes on brownfield regeneration sites and helped secure £320m from Government for infrastructure to support 7000 new homes in the south of the borough.
2. EXPANDING LOCAL NHS SERVICES
I successfully campaigned for the new £100m high-tech hospital at Chase Farm to be built. I welcome the new breast screening unit at Finchley Memorial. I’ve been pressing the Government to focus on improving early diagnosis of cancer. This will now be a big part of the NHS Long Term Plan to be funded by an additional £33.9 billion a year cash increase the Conservatives have promised for the NHS.
I am urging the Government and the NHS to ensure this extra NHS funding also delivers expanded GP services in Barnet, so residents find it easier to get appointments when they need them. I am backing plans put forward by local GPs, for example in High Barnet and Whetstone, to extend their buildings to improve facilities for patients.
3. MORE POLICE AND SAVING OUR POLICE STATION
With local residents, I’ve been fighting to try save Barnet Police Station. I am appealing to the Mayor to reverse his closure decision and I raised this issue at Prime Minister’s Questions.
I successfully campaigned for £172m more funding for the Met Police in 2019. So we have more police on the beat, I’m fighting to make sure Barnet gets its fair share of the 1369 new officers that the Met will be able to recruit as part of the 20,000 extra police promised by the PM. I am urging the local police to focus on local priorities such as cracking down on burglaries, so people feel safer.
4. IMPROVING LOCAL TRANSPORT
I’m pushing the Mayor to speed up the introduction of low emission buses to improve air quality. I’m also campaigning for him to reverse his reduction in services on the Northern Line which has meant that more trains turn back at Finchley Central and fewer go right to the end of the line.
Working with commuters, I’ve been lobbying GTR to improve national rail services. I campaigned strongly for the return of peak services removed from the timetable at Oakleigh Park and New Southgate and these were reinstated on 15th December. I am fighting to save the route of the 384 bus. I also managed to secure an extra £690m in Government funding last year to help fill potholes in Barnet.
5. GIVING BARNET CHILDREN THE BEST EDUCATION
I campaigned with parents for great new schools such as JCOSS, St Andrew the Apostle and Alma Primary School. I also helped secure funding to rebuild Cromer Road School.
Barnet has some of the best schools in the country, but their budgets have been under pressure. So I have successfully campaigned for more money for every primary and secondary school in Barnet. I raised this in Parliament, and in face to face meetings with the PM and his predecessor. £14b extra for schools has now been announced, meaning a real terms increase in funding for every primary and secondary school in Barnet.
I continue to make the case for more resources for our local schools. I am also backing efforts to create more opportunities for children and young people to get involved in after-school sport so they can lead more active healthier lives.
6. SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND TOWN CENTRES
I have been working for many years to support our local town centres, including Barnet’s historic market. I called on the Government to provide help for town centres and they responded with cuts business rates in two successive Budgets.
One of my top priorities as an MP has always been to secure a strong economy. The Covid crisis has caused massive damage to jobs and livelihoods and I will be backing Conservative efforts at a national level to deliver economic recovery so that local businesses have the opportunities they need to thrive
I helped persuade Barnet Council to allocate £500,000 of additional funding to street cleaning this year; and in my former role as Environment Secretary, I brought forward measures to crack down on litter and flytipping, because I know how important this issue is to many residents.