On 17 September I was officially re-adopted as the Conservative candidate for Croydon South’s Member of Parliament. I have been the Member of Parliament for Croydon South since 2015, having been elected in both the 2015 and 2017 elections.
I have vocally opposed the Croydon Borough Council’s Labour administration, especially on planning matters. I have been a leading figure in the fight against the infamous Purley Skyscraper – a 17 storey building that the Council originally granted permission, but which has been placed under review. I also opposed the Labour Council’s policy of replacing large numbers of family homes in the south of the borough with large blocks of flats.
I have been instrumental in obtaining large sums of funding for Croydon South and the wider borough. This has included securing £21 million for Croydon University Hospital’s new A&E department, £350 million for rail infrastructure on the Brighton Mainline, and increasing the opening hours at Purley Hospital GP hub to 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. I have been a vocal critic of the management of Southern Rail.
Nationally I have secured a business rates cut for small businesses as a result of a campaign from local business owners. I have also campaigned against irresponsible social media companies and the persecution of religious groups abroad. Earlier this month I was appointed as a Minister at the Ministry of Justice.
I am delighted to be re-adopted as the Conservative Party candidate for Croydon South. I will keep work hard on local issues like Southern Rail, improving our area’s NHS services, and fighting the Labour council’s over-development of our neighbourhoods.