Helping our high streets and local businesses

I am campaigning for:

- a less burdensome system for business rates to ensure high streets can compete with online retailers.

- the retention of key local services to keep our high streets busy.

- the linking of our local Jobcentre to key local employers and skills providers.


Local homes built by local people

During the next ten years Havering Council is planning to build around 3,500 new homes for local people at affordable rents, low-cost home ownership and private sale, in one of the most ambitious local authority home building programmes in the country.

Harold Wood firm helps International Trade Committee

Not long after I was elected, I was invited to visit food import business, Anzco, at their Harold Wood office to discuss Brexit and trade policy. Anzco exports high quality New Zealand beef and lamb into the UK and employs over 3000 staff worldwide. 

Skilling-up at the STC Group

This morning the team and I visited the STC Group's Harold Wood training centre to hear how they are training the local workforce in construction, decorating and tiling for upcoming housing projects. 

Global exports up at Silverhook

This morning the team and I visited Harold Wood manufacturer, Silverhook, after receiving an invitation by dynamic Chief Executive, John Iszatt, to discuss exporting. 

Hornchurch Jobcentre finds new work in Romford

Back in July, I was contacted by the Minister’s team to advise me that after a six month consultation, the Jobcentre in Hornchurch would be closed and the team moved into the Romford Jobcentre. This was part of the DWP’s plan to make its Jobcentre service more efficient.

Disability Confident Scheme

​​​​​​I made the following contribution to a debate on the Disability Confident Programme, tabled by my Scottish Conservative colleague, Luke Graham. I took the opportunity to raise two constituency cases of young, talented jobseekers with autism.

Preparing for Christmas at Elm Park Post Office

We had the pleasure of visiting the Elm Park Post Office this morning to check that Christmas preparations were well and truly underway. We met Mr Mashadi and his team as well as regular customer, Reg, whose dad was the last postman in City of London to use horse-drawn post carriage.