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.


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.

Can's Meze Bar nominated for Top Kebab Award

My team and I were delighted to visit Can's Meze Bar in Cranham this afternoon to sample their fantastic lunch menu after being invited by restaurant manager, Kasim, to nominate the restaurant for the British Kebab Awards. 

Visiting the team at Sainsbury's Hornchurch

This afternoon I visited Tony, General Manager of Sainsbury's Hornchurch, to learn about the store's plans for the future and their community and charitable work.