Published: 1 June, 2012
• IT is a great honour to have been elected once again to represent Islington on London Assembly. As we start the new assembly term I will be redoubling my efforts to campaign for a fair deal for the borough at City Hall. I am pleased to have been joined by four new colleagues in the Labour group, taking the number of Labour Assembly members to a record 12.
As a member of the Assembly police and crime committee, I will be holding the Metropolitan Police to account.
We still have a long way to go before we get the accountable but effective policing that Londoners deserve. We will fight to protect frontline policing and ensure the Mayor takes gun and knife crime seriously.
I will also be taking a renewed look at transport accessibility. I’m still deeply concerned about the problems elders and wheelchair users encounter. While there are some bus drivers and members of the public who are real heroes and go out of their way to help, there are still far too many instances of discourtesy and rudeness.
The problems encountered include disabled ramps that are too steep or faulty and priority wheelchair spaces being taken up by children’s buggies and people’s luggage.
I always aim to spend as much time in the constituency listening to your concerns as I do in committees at City Hall. Don’t forget: I am your voice at City Hall so please contact me if I can be of assistance.
Labour London Assembly member for North East London