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
April 17th, 2014
Responding to the news that the TSSA Union has announced that members have voted to strike in response to the Mayor and TfL’s plans to freeze pay and cut staff pensions, Val Shawcross, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokeswoman, said:
“This plan will lead to substantial cuts to staff members pay and the pension they receive, as the cost of living in London continues to rise well above inflation this is wrong. Members of staff signed contracts with TfL which are being ripped up and they are being forced to accept lower pay now and a much reduced pension when they retire – how is that fair? (more…)
April 15th, 2014
Many of you who are interested/have concerns about the current proposals for Crystal Palace Park will have attended a recent meeting of the Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce on this subject. Following the meeting, Val sent a list of questions to Arup, the developers’ agents summarising many residents and stakeholders’ concerns.
Arup have now supplied the below answers to some of these questions, although some remain the responsibility of Bromley council to answer, which we will continue to pursue. In the meantime, interested parties may find the below responses of interest: (more…)