Keeping Hornchurch and Upminster Safe

I have been campaigning to keep Hornchurch and Upminster safe for local people.  I campaigned for:

More police officers

Policing has been one of the big concerns that Hornchurch & Upminster residents have raised with me over the past few years and I committed to delivering more police officers at the last election. We are on track to deliver on our manifesto commitment to recruit 20,000 more police officers by 2023, and to have the first 6,000 in place by March 2021.

We need to make sure Havering gets its fair share of the Met's allocation and I have lobbied the Mayor of London to improve policing of the outer boroughs. I successfully secured more Home Office money to tackle violent crime and have been working with schools, council, residents, police and local charities on prevention of youth violence.

I have worked with local campaigners to petition the Mayor to keep open Hornchurch Police Station and secured high visibility British Transport Police operations at our tube stations to deter muggers from coming to the area. I have held community meetings and surgeries across the constituency to bring police and residents together to talk about local problem areas.

Campaign to Save Hornchurch Police Station

I am campaigning with local Conservative activists to stop Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, selling Hornchurch Police Station, and called on residents to back a local petition opposing his plan. With the Government successful meeting its manifesto commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers in England and Wales, over 350 officers have been added to the area’s Command Unit. However, in order for those officers to be at their most effective, they need a local base from which they can work and start their shifts closer to the community that they serve.

 Supporting 'Clear, Hold, Build' in Harold Hill and reducing crime by 50%

In December 2023 the Home Office, in collaboration with the the local Police, Havering Council and retailers launched the 'Clear, Hold, Build' pilot in Harold Wood to tackle crime in the area. Since the introduction of the campaign, I remained in close contact with the police throughout, as well as hosting meetings between retailers and the police to ensure the scheme had full support and dialogue. Thanks to the work done by all parties, offences had fallen by 54% since the scheme was introduced.

Better powers to fight crime, tougher sentences for criminals

I have spoken in parliamentary debates on knife crime sentencing and voted to toughen police powers against violent crime. Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill, which marks the largest overhaul of terrorist sentencing and monitoring in decades. This legislation will strengthen every stage in the process of dealing with terrorist offenders across the UK, from sentencing and release through to monitoring in the community.

We have also put in place new measures that mean serious violent and sexual offenders will no longer automatically be released halfway through their sentence came in to force. Those convicted of crimes such as rape, manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm with intent will instead have to spend two-thirds of their sentence in prison before they can be freed on licence.

We are toughening our approach to domestic violence and providing better support to victims through the groundbreaking Domestic Abuse Act.