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Have you met the new Borough Commander?

Dear friend,

After writing my email to you last week, I went to meet with parents by the Triangle One O’Clock Club, on Tooting Common, who are concerned about its continued closure. The club was closed by Wandsworth Council for refurbishment in November and was scheduled to reopen in April, but to this date, it remains closed.

Like many local residents, I am disappointed that this vital local service is yet to reopen - and I have just been told by the council that it won’t be open until July at the earliest! I will be working with local parents, and ward councillors Fleur Anderson and Rosena Allin-Khan to make sure the reopening does not get pushed back any further. You can read more about this here, and please do get in touch if you have been affected by the club’s closure.

Better services for Earlsfield commuters

Whilst I know the huge reinvestment we secured for Earlsfield Station, back in 2007, was welcomed by commuters and local residents, I am also aware that overcrowding at the station has become a real problem, especially during the morning commute. I meet regularly with South West Trains, the company responsible for the station, and last week caught up with the station manager to get an update on my calls for this issue can be addressed. I am pleased to report that the lengthening of the platforms for ten car trains (instead of eight) are due to start running from 28th July. South West Trains have also devised a variety of extra measures to address overcrowding, including extra train services. You can read a full update on my meeting and upcoming plans for the station here.

Have you met the new Borough Commander?

Since becoming the MP for Tooting nine years ago, I have made it a priority to work closely with our local services such as the police, St George’s and Springfield hospitals, local schools and many more.  Chief Supt Richard Smith recently became our new Borough Commander, responsible for policing across Wandsworth, and yesterday I met with him to discuss the priorities for our area.

I am pleased to say we share many of the same priorities, which include increasing police presence, improving communications with local residents and strengthening police engagement with the community, to name but a few. I look forward to working with Chief Supt Smith over the coming months, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns with crime or local policing that you would like me to raise with him. In the meantime, you can also keep up to date with his team’s work through his regular updates here.

Until next time,

Best wishes,


P.S. I for one am pretty excited that the World Cup has finally started. As well as cheering on England, one of my favourite things about the World Cup is taking part in the sweepstakes, and after last night’s result, I’m feeling pretty chuffed with my draw, come on Argentina! Do you have a favourite spot in Tooting to watch the matches? Share your ideas and I will include them in my update next week.


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