Living in Hendon, I use local shops regularly. I will press for more measures to support small businessses in our area which are the lifeblood of our communities. I recently welcomed Business Minister Matthew Hancock (pictured) to Mill Hill.
I want to help people in Hendon who work hard. We have already cut tax for over 50,000 Hendon residents and I will press for an increase in the tax-free allowance - helping local people to keep their hardearned money.
A priority is to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and the causes of crime which produce so much anxiety among local people.Under Labour the police spent 50% more time on paperwork than they did out on patrol. Labour’s obsession with targets and box-ticking hindered the fight against crimes like burglary.Getting more police on the beat is a top priority for me.
We all want opportunities for our children and education is a key priority. The Government believes that teachers - not politicians and bureaucrats - should control schools.That is why schools are being given the opportunity to apply for Academy status.This gives heads more power to tackle disruptive children, to protect and reward teachers better, and to give children the specialist teaching they need.
In its review of the NHS, the Government is committed to transferring power from government to communities and local people.Patients and their GPs must be at the heart of local decision-making.Patients will have extended rights to choose their services and treatment and GPs will have power to commission services which meet the needs of their patients.
As a Hendon resident I am a regular user of the Northern Line and understand how important it is that hard working commuters and other Tube and train users have a smooth and comfortable journey.I will continue to campaign for improvements to the Northern Line and Thameslink and am fighting for step-free access at Mill Hill Broadway station.
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