I am delighted to have been re-elected as Wealden’s Member of Parliament and I am thankful to the people of Wealden for placing their faith in me. To receive the support of 37,027 of Wealden’s residents, with 61.2% of the vote, is truly humbling.
Wealden, like all constituencies, only has one MP, and I will endeavour to do my best for all constituents so please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries or concerns. I will be returning to Westminster to work tirelessly both in the national interest and to serve Wealden and will be updating this website regularly with news and events.
The Hospice in the Weald is a wonderful local facility which it is an honour to be the patron of, and I am also proud to be a patron of the Hailsham cadets and President of Crowborough Cadets, as well as an honoray Vice President of the Dorest Arms Angling Club. I am a proud Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, taking action nationally and locally to help stop breast cancer and save lives.
The issues I raise in Parliament are the ones that matter most to the people of Wealden. In the last Parliament, I sat on the Home Affairs Select Committee where I held the Home Office to account, and this Parliament I was elected to the Foreign Affairs Committee, where I examined some of the big international issues of our time, such as Daesh and the refugee crisis are covered by the Committee. I also sat on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, where I shared the knowledge and experiences of Westminster to develop and promote open and transparent democracy, in particular focusing on women's issues.
I also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Office, where I was the link between Parliament and the Home Office Ministers, tackling issues from knife crime to terrorism.
I am delighted most recently to have been appointed as a Government Whip and a Minister in the Department for Transport. In this role, I am responsible for:
- accessibility across all transport modes
- buses and taxis
- high speed rail (HS2)
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
- maritime security
- skills and apprenticeships
- the Year of Engineering
While responding to my first Transport Questions in the House of Commons, I became the first female Muslim to speak from the despatch box in the House of Commons. A century after women got the vote for the first time, I hope that today young people can see that regardless of their background, heritage or faith there will be a warm welcome on the green benches, and no matter where you are from you can achieve your dreams and ambitions.
I am honoured and privileged to serve as a Government Minister, however my priority will remain to serve the people of Wealden, being their voice in Parliament.