I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support shown me over the past two years and for the support during the election campaign. I feel honoured to be re-elected as your MP for the Brentford and Isleworth Constituency and am looking forward to representing this area again.
For my vote to increase by 10,000 to over 35,000 means that many people voted Labour for the first time – I met hundreds of people during the campaign who told me their concerns about austerity and Brexit, and welcomed Labour's message of hope, offering clear costed commitments to policies that the country needs. Theresa May’s snap election was wholly unnecessary and was called at a time when the country required stability and unity after the results of the EU Referendum, yet in what she set up as a referendum on her leadership the country called her bluff.
On the EU, I can assure you that I will fight for the UK to remain in the single market, for the rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, workers ' rights, EU regulations on air quality; opposing a hard Brexit every step of the way.
Like many , I am very concerned about the implications of the. Tories doing a deal with the DUP; a party opposed to LGBT rights and to a Woman's right to choose, who have been embroiled in the bio-fuels scandal yet are climate-change deniers, and who support a hard Brexit.
During the past two years I have witnessed the devastating effects of the Conservative Government's cuts on public services and the impact that this has had on so many constituents. A pursuit of austerity which has had a disastrous effect both locally and nationally: the implementation of Universal Credit, the cuts in funding for the NHS and schools, and the housing crisis. I will continue to stand up for our local NHS services, to oppose swingeing cuts to our schools' budgets and for truly affordable, decent quality housing. I will continue to prioritise environmental issues and my support for a better NOT bigger Heathrow.
Following the turbulent and tragic national events that have taken place in Manchester and London in recent weeks, I believe that it is more important than ever to promote values of tolerance, understanding and social justice. I am proud to be part of, and to represent, a community as diverse as we have here in Hounslow and am committed to standing up for every member of my constituency.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue the work that I started in 2015 and pledge to repay the trust you have placed in me. I look forward to meeting with constituents to discuss the issues that matter most to you and I hope to see you out and about in the constituency in the near future.