Power to the People

Dear Friend

First – a quick update on our ‘Save our High Street’ campaign. I am glad to report that last night Wandsworth Councillors voted against granting planning permission for the Coral betting shops at 64 Tooting High Street on design grounds, and at the site of the former H Samuels at 17A Mitcham Road, on grounds that it would not be in keeping with the character of the town centre. Coral can still appeal these decisions, which if successful means local views will be ignored. The lack of Council powers to control the number of betting shops that open in our community needs to change – and I would encourage people to sign the petition now – to send a clear message to the government; that we need to say no to more betting shops. Find out more here.

Can you help ‘raise the roof’ for our local Law Centre?

Every week I meet constituents at my advice surgeries who have problems that require specialist legal advice, but do not have the funds to pay for a lawyer. Since becoming the MP for Tooting almost nine years ago I have referred hundreds, if not thousands of constituents to advice providers such as Citizens Advice and our local law centres. Thanks to the work of volunteers South West London Law Centre (SWLLC) runs one of the largest free advice clinics in the country - many of you will have friends or family who have benefitted from their advice.

And now they need our help. At the end of January, the Battersea branch of (SWLLC) was permanently damaged during a storm and they are now looking for new premises. I am working with the centre to get their clinics off the ground again – if you or anyone you know has any suggestions of a temporary space in Tooting Broadway, Tooting Bec or Balham please do get in touch. The centre is also running a fundraising campaign – Roof4SWLLC - which you can support here.   

Love food, hate waste

Have you heard of FoodCycle? FoodCycle is a national charity which collects surplus food and transforms it into healthy, tasty meals for those most in need. Working alongside local organisations like Transition Town Tooting, Wandsworth FoodBank and Klevis Kola, FoodCycle Wandsworth collects surplus food from Sainsbury's in Tooting, the TV series MasterChef (who film at a studio nearby) and food providers in our community. Local cooks and volunteers then work together to turn it into a three course feast.

Tomorrow marks their official launch at Mushkil Aasaan, Upper Tooting Road, where they are based. All are welcome - why not pop down and join us? Details here.

Nice one Nellie!

Nellie Harvey is a year seven student at Burntwood School. She is also a bit of a legend. Having known people affected by cancer, she has been inspired to do something to help – and this Sunday will be having her hair shaved off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Her ponytail will be donated to the Little Princesses charity who support children with hair loss conditions.

Live locally to Bedford Hill? Why not head down and show your support – the event is taking place at the BoB hairdressers, 14 Bedford Hill SW12 at 10am. You can also donate to the cause on Nellie’s fundraising page here.

Until next time.

Best wishes


p.s. Next week I have a special announcement to make - and I want my e-news readers to hear the news first. Keep an eye out on Monday for my e-news special!


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