Selhurst residents have their say
Steve Reed MP hosted a busy residents meeting for residents living in Selhurst on Saturday (5th September). Dozens of local people came along to have their say on local and national issues with the top issues being crime, housing, the state of local streets and the refugee crisis. Steve has held meetings for constituents right across Croydon North every few weeks ever since he was first elected in a by-election in November 2013.
Local people were pleased that the recently elected Labour council is taking much tougher action against fly-tippers after years of neglect by the Tories. But there was a clear demand for more action to deter those whose selfish behaviour makes the streets filthy for everyone else. With the European refugee crisis in the headlines, residents were clear the British Government should offer more help but also wanted to make sure local services weren’t left overstretched and struggling to cope.
Hard-working Labour councillors Toni Letts and Timothy Godfrey were also at the meeting to answer questions about local services.
Speaking after the meeting, Steve said:
It’s important to me that people know I’m out and about and keen to hear their views. It makes me a better MP if I stay in touch with local people as much as possible. Croydon North has a great community but many challenges that need to be tackled. Local people have ideas and views that need to be heard and acted on.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.