Reporting back

2018 has been another remarkably busy year. As your local MP, I've worked hard to fight Carshalton & Wallington's corner, both here and in Westminster.

By Tom Brake, Jan 09, 2019 6:01

Here are just some of the things my team and I have done:

1. Taken up over 6,000 pieces of casework for local residents -- helping them with everything from homelessness to issues with Universal Credit. If there is anything I can help with, please get in touch.


2. Hosted 9 street stalls across Carshalton & Wallington.

3. Took the Cycling Minister Jesse Norman on a bike ride to show him first hand the kind of issues cyclists face on the roads every day.

4. Met with students from across the UK to discuss how Brexit is affecting their lives.

5. Stood up for dog owners affected by loopholes in the Government's animal welfare laws.

6. Campaigned alongside local residents to secure £400 million of funding for St Helier Hospital, so that we can have state of the art health facilities.


7. Joined thousands of Londoners at the Pride March.

8. Celebrated the news that the Charles Cryer in Carshalton will be brought back into use as a community arts venue by a local start-up company.

9. Fought to protect the rights of EU citizens residing in the UK and UK citizens residing in other EU countries in the face of Brexit uncertainty.

10. Joined campaigners, like Hope Virgo, and other MPs in calling for action on eating disorders.

11. Led the fight against dangerous plans to merge Sutton's police force with neighbouring boroughs and raised residents' concerns directly with the police Commander in Sutton and the Commissioner Cressida Dick.


12. Showed Vince Cable around the Institute for Cancer Research in Belmont and updated him on exciting plans for the London Cancer Hub. 

13. Met with Govia Thameslink Railway's new Chief Executive Patrick Verwer, putting across residents’ concerns and anger with his company's unreliable train services.

14. Stood up for local schools against reckless budget cuts.

15. Supported the 50:50 Parliament campaign to encourage more women to get into politics and stand for elected office.

16. Campaigned to give everyone a final say on the Brexit Deal through a People's Vote with the option to remain in the EU.


17. Met with the Rail Minister and got him to agree that sacking Southern is still an option.

18. Joined the British Red Cross Community Volunteers, a national network of people ready to help in the event of a local emergency. 

19. Supported justice for Tamils at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and in meetings with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner.

20. Started an Instagram account.

21. Took part in the gruelling Tough Mudder to raise money for Sutton Mental Health Foundation.


22. Backed better cancer education for young people so they know how to spot the symptoms.

23. Helped secure a new accessible toilet for Carshalton Beeches Station.

24. Took a new electric taxi for a spin. 

25. Raised the concerns of local businesses affected by Brexit and wrote to hundreds of companies regarding the impact of Brexit.

26. Continued to lead the fight to Sack Southern and improve local train services.


27. Joined the campaign to scrap the unfair loan charge.

28. Helped secure a ban on tenants fees, just part of the Lib Dem campaign to reform the rental sector.

29. Visited the Northern Irish border to hear the concerns residents have about Brexit and its implications on the region.

30. Led the campaign for UK nationals arbitrarily detained abroad, and helped secure the release of Andy Tsege.

31. Continued my work as Lib Dem Brexit Spokesman, holding the Government and Brexiters to account on this vitally important issue.


32. Welcomed the £28 million of investment provided by Sutton Council that will help fund improvements to St Helier Hospital, such as replacing 133 windows, repairing the roof and modernising B and C blocks.

33. Ran my Christmas card design competition for local schoolchildren as I have done for over 20 years.

34. Hosted numerous live Q&As on Facebook.

35. Visited Carshalton College to support the 'Love Our Colleges' campaign which is making the case for extra government funding to support fair pay and funding in further education.

36. Supported my cat Boris in his campaign to become 2018's Purr Minister.


37. Welcomed a group of five Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth to Carshalton & Wallington to exchange ideas and best practice on how best to serve and represent our constituents.

38. Supported the Dogs’ Trust campaign to stop puppy smuggling.

39. Responded to the 'Access for All' consultation calling for all of our rail stations to be made access free.

40. Campaigned for the Government to reduce the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2.

41. Hosted two public meetings for EU citizens in Carshalton & Wallington to update them on the Brexit negotiations.


42. Joined Bill Oddie in calling for a ban on trophy hunting.

43. Met with Transport for London to discuss the need to improve train services and capacity on local bus routes, especially at school times.

44. Supported the Teenage Cancer Trust campaign to make cancer education a key part of health education in secondary schools.

45. Called for rail commuters to receive a refund after another year of misery, delays and cancellations.

46. Proudly backed The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International’s campaign to stop the testing of cosmetics on animals.

47. Visited Cornwall to hear first hand from fishermen about the impact of Brexit and pledged to fight their corner in Westminster.


48. Highlighted the unacceptable delays for operations faced by patients due to the underfunding of our NHS.

49. Helped spread the word about the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, empowering local people to protect themselves against financial fraud.

50. Visited Paris to discuss the impact of Brexit on health care, pensions and other issues with UK nationals living in the EU.

51. Called for better pay and conditions for British Armed Forces personnel.

52. Commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day at an event organised by Sutton and District synagogue and Sutton Council -- hearing from inspirational speakers like Mrs Eve Gill, a Holocaust survivor.


53. Challenged the Government on homelessness, calling on them to build more affordable homes and invest properly in mental health services.

54. Highlighted the vast benefits international students bring to the UK and how the Government's reckless immigration policies could affect the economy.

55. Joined Lib Dem colleagues in exposing the shocking neglect of psychosis patients up and down the country.

56. Highlighted the worrying rise in moped crime in Sutton and called for the police to be given the funding and resources they need to tackle the issue.

57. Had the pleasure of visiting and supporting Claudio Funari's Hackbridge Road Community Garden.


58. One of 112 MPs to commit to reducing my single-use plastic consumption to help protect our planet.

59. Raised some of the concerns of the local Ahmadiyya Community directly with the Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner.

60. Continue to keep residents up to date with local and national news through my Facebook page, Twitter profile and email group.

61. Welcomed the transformation of St Helier Hospital's Stroke Unit.

62. Visited veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress to find out how former servicemen and women are supported to overcome trauma-related mental health problems.


63. Directly challenged the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd in Parliament about the disgraceful Windrush Scandal.

64. Put pressure on the Government to ban single-use coffee cups.

65. Showed my support for nursing staff in our health and care services on Nurses' Day 2018.

66. Called on the Minister for Children and Families to take further action on the ‘child in need’ review, ensuring vulnerable children receive the right amount of support.

67. Threw my support behind Dementia Action Week, pledging to stand with all those affected by dementia in Carshalton & Wallington.


68. Joined the charity FareShare in calling for the Government to introduce a £15m fund to tackle hunger by redistributing surplus food to charities rather than landfills.

69. Slammed the chaotic introduction of Govia Thameslink Railway's new timetable in May.

70. Raised complaints about Russian political influence in the UK alongside the campaign led by Bill Browder.

71. Welcomed The Big Lottery's £20,000 of funding for two projects based in Carshalton and Wallington -- The Balance Project and the Positive Activities Project.

72. Visited Gibraltar to find out first hand what sort of impact Brexit will have on the British Overseas Territory.


73. Met with hundreds of organisations in Parliament to discuss the impact of Brexit on their sector.

74. Promoted the Summer Reading Challenge to get more young constituents reading and visiting local libraries.

75. Called for our inept Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to resign over the ongoing chaos on our railways.

76. Encouraged residents to join Sutton's brilliant Neighbourhood Watch to help keep our community safe.

77. Campaigned to help elect 33 brilliant Liberal Democrat Councillors in the London Borough of Sutton.


78. Supported plans for a new National Sikh War Memorial in Central London.

79. Assessed the impact of Brexit on shipping and the channel crossing during a visit to the Port of Dover.

80. Raised the need to ring-fence the rights of UK nationals living in the EU and EU nationals living in the UK directly with Guy Verhofstadt, EU negotiator in the European Parliament.

81. Raised human rights abuses in cases from across the world, from Saudi Arabia to Cameroon.

82. Cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Churchill Retirement Living housing in Carshalton.


83. Visited Brussels to make the case for a People's Vote with key political leaders and officials from the European Union.

84. Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the St Helier Festival.

85. Wrote twice to every EU national living in Carshalton and Wallington with an update on the Brexit negotiations and useful information on settled status.

86. Visited Gatwick airport to discuss the impact of Brexit on the airline industry.

87. Continued to support Sutton Council's plans for the London Cancer Hub in Belmont.


88. Organised a Brexit breakfast meeting with local businesses in Carshalton and Wallington.

89. Called on the Government to consider changing the law to provide the same level of protection for companion dogs as that which is currently awarded to assistance dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

90. Spoke at a number of Brexit debates at Universities across the UK.

91. Encouraged residents to respond to the Sutton Link consultation which could see the tram brought to our borough.

92. Celebrated the start of the works to make Carshalton station fully accessible.


93. Helped local residents restore key peak trains at Hackbridge station.

94. Wrote to, and met with representatives of many countries, from different continents, to discuss the impact Brexit has had on their trading relationship with the UK.

95. Met with leading health charities to discuss their planning for a No-Deal Brexit scenario.

96. Raised residents’ concerns with Sutton Council to minimise noise and disruption during the construction of the Felnex development.

97. Asked over 900 questions in Parliament, which is over 4 times more than my counterpart in the Labour Party. The Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam asked 750 fewer questions than me as well.


98. Gave a key-note Brexit speech at the Liberal Democrat conference (which even included a few jokes!).

99. Called on the Government to improve conditions in emergency accommodation and to fund the building of more affordable housing locally.

100. Held a vigil  outside the Nigerian High Commission for Leah Sharibu, who is held captive by Boko Haram after refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

101. Led campaigns for greater protection for investigative journalists, in memory of the famous journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, murdered in Malta.


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