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Good evening,

As Parliament resumes and the schools go back I wanted to send on the latest of my updates


           

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Parliamentary recess saw Big Ben falling silent last week for the next four years. Reports suggested some MPs "came back" for the occasion overlook the fact that when the Commons chamber is not sitting casework persists which many MPs undertake from their constituencies. I personally use my House of Commons office for this (saving the taxpayer a toidy sum) so was wasn't "back" for the bells, I was just "at work" as usual showing constituents around the building so popped by as it'd be rude not to. http://www.actonw3.com/default.asp?section=community&link=http://neighbournet.com/server/common/earupa003.htm

The situation amounts to an old clock that needs fixing rather than a cause for national mourning. Plus this is being done to protect the hearing of the workers doing the restoration of Parliament. We’ve seen with Grenfell Tower what happens when you cut corners with health and safety so it makes sense. I was quoted in the Guardian making these points.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/21/big-ben-bongs-to-sound-final-time-for-four-years?CMP=share_btn_tw

PS By having just the one office (and no second home) actually saves the taxpayer a tidy sum!


           

Transportation Travails

Given that Ealing, Acton and Chiswick would not have existed without public transport I’ve been active in this area of late. I challenged Minister Chris Grayling on compensation for HS2 affected properties in NW10 https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-07-17/debates/CEC91F1D-27F4-4B85-B17B-8F7C3429DABC/HS2Update#contribution-9DE56495-DE40-4DE2-A887-BB285F4BB3FA

and he promised to listen. I demanded an update on the Crossrail stations being built and undertook a site visit to West Ealing and Acton Mainline. I will keep putting the pressure on as the project has sadly been delayed; we cannot afford more setbacks. Finally dramatic changes are proposed to a range of bus routes locally are proposed including shortening the 427, re-routing the 440, introducing new routes 218 and 306 and extending the 112. The consultation closes soon so please remember to have your say here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/74970d79/


           

Parklife

We’re exceptionally lucky to have so many parks and green spaces locally, indeed Ealing has the most of the 33 London boroughs. We’ve also witnessed great Summer festivals in them over the past few months – I’m pictured here with Mayor Simon Woodroofe and Cllrs Mik Sabiers, Patricia Walker and Abullah Gulaid at the Acton Carnival. If you are about this Sunday I’m planning to be at the Mela, https://www.londonmela.org/

a London-wide celebration of South Asian culture held at our very own Gunnersbury Park. Come if you can and say hello.


           

Europe: The fight goes on

I have continued to campaign on mitigating the disastrous decision that the nation took to leave the EU and welcome Labour’s position that is if we are to leave at all to campaign for a “soft Brexit” keeping us in the single market and customs union which local businesses have lobbied me for. I have campaigned with local groups on making sure we do not lose jobs, and growth as well as environmental and workers protections. My recent PMQ to Theresa May asked for detail on her plans for EU nationals who are still left with no concrete assurances. Needless to say she did not answer. I also thanked her for coming to Ealing in the election as it boosted my majority 50-fold!

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-06-28/debates/2CBD7C4C-2C6F-49DF-9C56-D5AA938D013A/Engagements#contribution-C3EB74F2-E12D-4B4B-AB0B-0CC7C0209978

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Happy birthday NHS

I asked the Andrea Leadsom Leader of House of Commons if she’d wish the NHS a happy 69th birthday and halt the local cuts and closures that will adversely affect Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals so that they all but cease to exist. Predictably I got short shrift.

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-07-06/debates/A319EE17-921F-4DE2-B15A-F1DB1B495CF1/BusinessOfTheHouse#contribution-D8962DF6-BD85-4E58-BDF1-A281FE627624

If you want to register your displeasure at these shortsighted Tory plans join local councillors, Ealing’s MPs and myself on the march and rally at 1pm on Ealing Common on 30th September. http://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/march-and-petition/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_source=Twitter


           

Schools and Music: wanted

I’ve used local schools as a pupil and now a mum. Many local campaigns exist around them including the new Ark Byron primary in Acton, the need for Twyford 3 to provide W5 with its first high school and the battle against academisation of Fielding Primary. On this third point I have demanded a meeting with the head-teacher.

I also wanted to plug a vacancy the Ealing Festival has. They work in conjunction with Ealing Youth Orchestra. They are after a new instrumental section leader. It might suit the kind of person who's newly retired with some computer knowledge looking for a new interest. For more info email Gill glrowley@googlemail.com



           

Honouring Local Heroes in Parliament

I’m grateful to Ealing Common’s Kevin McGrath for supporting a get-together in the House of Commons to thank constituents for community work done across Ealing, Acton and Chiswick over drinks. As Parliament is a public building it belongs to all of us. If you’d like either a Commons tour or surgery appointment for casework do let me know by replying to this email.


               

Yours sincerely,



               

PS Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating



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