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I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been up to in Parliament since my last newsletter.

Speaking up for constituents on different topics

I have now spoken in over 80 debates which the independent monitoring website “They work for you” ranks as “well above average” in terms of MPs' speaking records, on topics ranging from BBC charter renewal to transitional arrangements for 1950s-born women pensioners.

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Getting local issues discussed with locals in Parliament

I have hosted numerous local groups in Parliament and arranged tours for constituents. See picture of the seminar I held on “Riots and Regeneration” in April with a panel of experts to look at the 2011 disturbances in our borough and probe whether they could ever happen again. Some 70 constituents attended. Please let me know if you wish to book a guided tour of the Commons or come and see a debate.

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Campaigning hard on health

In March I led a 3 hour debate on the NHS in London in the House of Commons which was widely praised. Read the transcript here.

I also raised a PMQ to David Cameron in the junior doctor’s row and spoke on the demonstration at Ealing hospital.

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Campaigning hard for a London Labour mayor

Finally I’m glad to say that London has a new mayor – Labour’s Sadiq Khan decisively won the mayoral election and Dr Onkar Sahota was returned to City Hall as our London Assembly member. Ealing also has a new Mayor: councillor for Acton Central and Ealing Common ward resident Cllr Dr Patricia Walker. Best of luck to both who I am confident will do a great job serving both our capital and borough. I’m pictured below with Patricia, her husband Lawrie and Ealing Scouts at their annual Parade.

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May the force be with you!

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Dear Constituent,

I wanted to update you on some of the things I've been up to as I end the first year as your MP both in Parliament and locally, and to wish you a happy Christmas.

Speaking up on the issues that matter: from housing to Heathrow to Air Pollution

From my maiden speech (video here) which described Bedford Park, the Brentham estate and 2011 riots in Ealing, I have spoken on over 40 different topics in Parliament- the full list is here. Housing and how those on average incomes and young people are being priced out of Ealing and Acton is a priority for me. I led a debate on this in July which Jeremy Corbyn and several other MPs spoke at. It had widespread coverage including in the Evening Standard – see the clipping below. I spoke out on the subject again last week, which the Ealing Gazette reported. One of my early victories was on air pollution in Horn Lane Acton, which we have secured extra cleaning equipment for after I challenged the environment minister.

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Holding the Government to account in the Commons and media

I appeared on BBC's Daily Politics recently, discussing the highly emotive subject of airstrikes on Syria which I received over 1000 emails about. Climate change also came up on the programme, which can be viewed here. My question to David Cameron in October saw him praise me – rare for a Labour MP. Channel 4 News called it an "ambush of the PM". View a clip of it by clicking here.

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Defending our NHS 

I have spoken out on closures in our health service both in the House of Commons and on the frontline locally. Since I became an MP in May, we have lost maternity at Ealing hospital to compound the closed A and Es at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex. I will be vigorously fighting the end of paediatrics at Ealing, as a mum myself and because we are such a family borough. The recent Mansfield Independent Healthcare Commission report confirmed how “deeply flawed” these decisions are.

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Opening up Parliament to people from Ealing, Acton and Chiswick 

I held a meeting in December for representatives from residents' associations to discuss local issues and network with each other in the House of Commons. Lord Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush MP 1997-2005) addressed us. Let me know if you are from a resident's association or similar community group as I want to work closely with you as MP. Also please let me know if you'd like a tour of the Commons or to come in and watch a debate and I can arrange this. I also serve on the Justice select committee, and we have recently had Michael Gove’s court fees proposal overturned through our damning report. The hearings are all public and a constituent came to see our work on that day. Feel free to contact me if you’d also like to see this or any other committee in action.

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Tackling casework, speaking up for constituents

I've raised the cases of many constituents before ministers on the floor of the House of Commons, for instance in the scandal of 1950s born women and their dwindling pension entitlement, and on Junior Doctor contracts. I also run a weekly advice surgery every Friday. It won't occur on Christmas Day or New Year's Day but please email me or ring the number below if you'd like to attend a future one.

Making links with all our communities across Ealing, Acton and Chiswick 

I attend numerous community events - the Ealing Synagogue community lunch and the Ealing Charity Christmas shop at Christchurch have been particular favourites. Last week alone I was at the Armenian Centre in Acton's Christmas party, and had the honour of being the first woman to appear onstage with the Barbershop Choir, who meet at Kingsdown methodist church W13 at the West Ealing Christmas fair singing carols. I'm keen to develop relations with businesses of all sizes- I ran into Santa at Nat West Ealing Broadway in the week. 

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Finally I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all constituents a peaceful and joyous Christmas and prosperous new year.

Yours etc,

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Rupa Huq MP

Ealing Central & Acton

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

Tel. 020 7219 6865

Email: rupa.huq.mp@parliament.uk

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Happy Christmas from Rupa Huq MP

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Dr Rupa Huq MP, Ealing Central and Acton

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