Why I’m standing in the General Election

I have lived in Redhill for nearly 20 years. I serve as a councillor on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council, where I was recently re-elected with a greater majority.

I am a chartered civil engineer working (part-time) in international development and serve as a trustee of two local charities, Furnistore and Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead. Previously I have helped set up new social enterprises to reuse building materials and preserve architectural heritage.

My priorities are to:

  • protect our Green Belt whilst securing the affordable homes we need locally within our towns and villages
  • reverse the squeeze to school funding and the cuts to the NHS, prisons and neighbourhood policing, and campaign against cuts to councils so they can provide decent social care and other services
  • fight to make sure Southern Rail is held to account (or loses its franchise) and that the extension of the Oyster zone to our borough is matched by fairer fares.

How? We need a stronger planning framework and better housing policies nationally and a different, sustainable plan for Britain. We won’t get this through a hard Brexit, corporation tax cuts, continued over-reliance on London’s economy, and airport expansion. Instead we need a clear plan for Britain to work towards the better future we all need: creating jobs across the UK that transitions us to a fair, resilient and sustainable economy.

I believe politics needs honesty, integrity and hope, and I am prepared to listen and stand up for all in our local area.