Today I stood up for the poorest consumers in Lewisham Deptford after pledging to vote in favour of introducing caps on the amount that payday and doorstep lenders charge for credit.
My Labour colleagues and I are calling on the Government to think again about controversial plans which could see local woodland sold off to the highest bidder. Government proposals currently being discussed in Parliament will give Ministers the green light to sell off the public forestry estate in England.
Following the news that the Nationwide Building Society is closing 7 local branches, I have demanded an urgent meeting with the Building Society’s management.
Today I took part in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of library services. I praised Lewisham Council’s running of libraries, including £6.5million of investment under Labour and the development of 3 new additional community libraries.
Today Heidi Alexander (MP for Lewisham East) and I challenged David Cameron at Prime Minister's Question Time.
Today I joined Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander in attacking the Government’s proposals to cut Lewisham Council’s funding by up to £77million over the next four years.
Speaking in a debate on the Comprehensive Spending review yesterday, I described the Coalition Government’s recently announced cut in housing benefit as "a catastrophe in the making – for my people in Lewisham, for London as a whole and for this great capital city."
Today I am reaffirming my commitment to Surrey Canal Road Station. I have received a letter from the Transport Minister, Theresa Villiers MP, refusing the £7 million Department for Transport contribution that had previously been on the table.
Lewisham Council may have to reduce its spending by up to £60 million (£1 in every £4 that it currently spends) over the next three years.