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Richmond Park News: 2022 Highlights

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back and touch upon some of the work I have done over the last 12 months.

This year has brought many surprises and challenges, but it has been inspiring to see our community rising to them time and time again. I am extremely proud to represent Richmond Park and I know that, whatever 2023 may bring, we will face it together. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead.


JANUARY

  • Asked my first question of 2022 in the Chamber in a debate on the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement, and submitted Parliamentary Questions about the environmental impact of the deal. You can read the debate here or watch a clip here.

  • Led a Public Accounts Committee hearing into the bounce-back loan schemes designed to provide smaller businesses access to finance during the pandemic. To see a clip of part of my contribution, click here, and to watch the session in full, click here.

  • Spoke in a debate on the British Sign Language Bill, which would require promotion of BSL in public service announcements. To see my contribution, click here.

  • Met with Richmond's Metropolitan Police Inspector Jon McLoughlin and Southwest London Borough Commander Lis Chapple to talk about their investigations into local crime and their crime prevention efforts.

I also visited community gardeners at Vine Road Rec in Barnes and scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.

And I visited the Tamil Temple in Stoneleigh for their Thai Pongal festival, and unveiled a plaque marking New Malden's twin city, Jaffna in Sri Lanka.