Three important votes

I took part in three important votes over the past week. All three were amendments to the Queen's Speech which would have forced the Government to alter its plans for new laws over the next two years:

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Schools cuts campaign update: calling for an urgent meeting with the Education Secretary

I have demanded a meeting with the Education Secretary to discuss schools cuts in Croydon and beyond.

Today the Queen has formally opened Parliament, meaning Parliament can get back to work. While Theresa May delayed us with ongoing negotiations with the DUP, I have been working on one of my campaign priorities: speaking to teachers, headteachers and students about the importance of education and fighting cuts to Croydon schools.

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Speaking to students at Park Hill Junior School

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Grenfell Tower fire: update

Last Friday Steve Reed and I had an urgent meeting with Croydon Council leaders – and I went to Fieldway to look at some of the taller blocks and talk to local people. The Council wrote and hand-delivered a letter to all of the council tenants in tall blocks confirming that the type of cladding used in Grenfall Tower was not used in any Croydon blocks and that they had begun an immediate and thorough review of materials used for cladding.

I am delighted that Croydon Council yesturday went further than any other Council I have seen, announcing that twenty-five housing blocks in Croydon will get fire sprinklers as part of the council’s response to the terrible fire. This is very good news.

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Grenfell Tower fire

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower yesterday, our first thoughts are with the victims and their families. There was clearly a catastrophic failure of safety and we owe it to all those who lost their lives to find the causes and stop this happening again.

I have written to the head of Croydon's Fire Borough Commander David Lindridge and Council Chief Executive Jo Negrini. I have asked for assurances that tower blocks and other developments in Croydon have sufficient fire safety measures and that our firefighters have the resources they need.

I have also passed on my gratitude to the brave firefighters from Croydon who helped tackle the blaze in West London today. They did us proud.

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Wellesley Road shooting

It's devastating to hear about the fatal shooting in Wellesley Road last night.

I have spoken with the police and we are asking anyone who witnessed anything to come forward.

I will be getting a full briefing on this issue shortly. The rise in violent crime in Croydon is something we must tackle.

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