“Please invite me to your community groups” says Chiswick’s new MP Andy Slaughter

Image: Andy Slaughter at the election count on Thursday night

A guest blog from Chiswick’s new MP

Andy Slaughter

I am absolutely delighted to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for the new seat of Hammersmith and Chiswick. A good-natured campaign ended last Thursday with a swing to Labour of 6% and a majority of some 15,000 over the Conservatives in second place. The full result is here Hammersmith and Chiswick – General election results 2024 – BBC News.  On the night we were rather upstaged by Chelsea & Fulham, counting alongside us at Olympia, where after two recounts Labour won there for the first time ever with a majority of 152 votes.

For me, as a Stamford Brook resident for over 25 years, the chance to represent Chiswick is both logical and very welcome.  I’ve represented people across West London for almost 40 years. Elected as a councillor in West Kensington in 1986, council leader in Hammersmith & Fulham for nine years, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush from 2005 and most recently as MP for Hammersmith since 2010.

I have used the shops, restaurants and pubs of Chiswick all my adult life and, though I can’t pretend yet to have the granular knowledge of Chiswick that I have of Hammersmith, I am getting there.  Chiswick is an amazing place with a strong community, a rich cultural life and some wonderful open spaces. It is sad to say goodbye to Wormwood Scrubs and Fulham Reach but taking in Chiswick Mall, Dukes Meadow, Chiswick House and Gardens and Gunnersbury Park is not a bad substitute.

Election campaigns are a chance to meet residents in any and every setting. I talked to parents at school gates, commuters outside tube stations, shoppers in the High Road and door-knocked in Homefields, Gunnersbury and Riverside wards. I was assisted by a great group of volunteers and advised by Councillor Amy Croft and my predecessor Ruth Cadbury MP

I have already made links with residents’ groups and caught up with local issues.  Chiswick Tower and Gunnersbury Station, crime and antisocial behaviour in the town centre, finally seeing Piccadilly Line trains serve Turnham Green are already on my to do list. I have a further list of items to take to the new Government. I am delighted the new Health Secretary has said Charing Cross Hospital will get the funds to rebuild. I am hoping the new Transport Secretary will look kindly on Hammersmith Bridge.

Serving constituents is the most important part of an MP’s role and I will be out meeting resident and community groups over the coming weeks. Please invite me to yours. You can also stay up to date with what I have been up to across the constituency and in Parliament via my email newsletter. To receive this, sign up by visiting my website https://andyslaughter.co.uk/signup/.

This election was a once-in-a-generation change. The electorate showing their dissatisfaction for the Conservatives after 14 years of mismanagement and under-achievement. Rishi Sunak was gracious in defeat, but this can’t detract from what the country has endured under some of the least qualified and most irresponsible leaders in my lifetime. The cost-of-living crisis, the hollowing out of public services and the record debt levels are a uniquely bad legacy for any government.

In contrast, I believe Prime Minister Starmer is serious about the office he holds and the challenges he faces and will deliver the change that he has promised.

In the first few days of the new administration we have seen Defence Secretary John Healey in Odesa reaffirming our international alliances, Chancellor Rachel Reeves spelling out an agenda for growth and setting targets for housebuilding, Health Secretary Wes Streeting entering serious talks with NHS staff to end industrial action and the Prime Minister visiting all four countries of the UK to emphasise the strength of the Union.

In the early hours of Friday morning, as I was awaiting my own fate at the count, it became clear that Labour had won the election with a decisive mandate. Along with many people across the country I breathed a sigh of relief. The work has only just begun, but this Labour government intends to deliver on policies to revive our NHS, solve the housing crisis, tackle climate change and to grow our economy.

It is a huge privilege to have the chance to represent Hammersmith and Chiswick, to support people who are my neighbours and friends and to be a small part of this grand project for national renewal.

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