This winter has been an incredibly busy time. In the December election, I was extremely pleased to be returned to Parliament to represent my home seat. It has been an honour to represent Lewisham West & Penge since 2017 and I am extremely proud the community has put their confidence in me again to continue to serve the area.
The election was certainly eventful, with the birth of my second child occurring partway through the campaign. I want to pay tribute to all of the staff at the Birth Centre at Lewisham Hospital for their care and support. Thankfully I was able to get back out on the campaign trail with my baby after a couple of weeks, speaking to voters and listening to their views.
After the election, I had to go to Parliament to ‘swear in’ in order to take my seat. However, when my son was 6 weeks old, I was finally able to start some maternity leave! Although my maternity leave means I won’t return to Parliament until after the summer recess, I am now spending a day or two a week on important constituency work like surgeries and casework.