Welcome to my website
As a London Assembly Member it’s my job to scrutinise the Mayor of London and his work, trying to challenge his plans and services when I feel they are not good enough but also to support key projects for London cross party when it’s the right thing to do.
My main role at City Hall is as the Labour Transport Spokeswoman as well as being the Deputy Leader and Chief Whip of the Labour Group. But as the Mayor runs not just Transport in London, but also the Police, Fire Brigade and large regeneration, planning and housing functions these are all areas I take an active interest in.
On Transport my priorities are improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, making our public transport services less overcrowded and more accessible for all of us and meeting the economic needs of our growing city. I take a close interest in how well our bus, tube and train services are running and support key projects to see their extension and improvement.
My commitment to you, my constituents, is always to represent you to the best of my ability and get the best outcomes I can for London as a whole but Lambeth and Southwark in particular.
My aim in this website is to give you a flavour of the projects I’m working on and to get your feedback on the work I’m doing. This is where I ask for you to talk about your problems, tell me what you think about major transport issues in London and say what your aspirations are for our community in South London. Please do get in touch with your views.
London Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark
September 2nd, 2014
Responding to news that the Airports Commission has ruled a Thames Estuary airport option off its final shortlist, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:
“Boris Johnson has long known that an estuary airport option was simply not viable, but has ploughed on regardless and wasted more than £5m of taxpayer money pursuing this pie-in-the-sky vanity project. (more…)
August 29th, 2014
High density deprived areas more likely to have poor access to transport;
Bus services to grow by only 4% by 2020 despite population growth of 1.2m;
Case studies show that increasing bus services in Peckham and extending the Bakerloo line southwards would increase connectivity and reduce deprivation;
A 40% cut to the bus subsidy “risks further entrenching inequality”. (more…)