My name is Dr Rosena Allin-Khan. I was born and raised in Tooting and I have been proud to represent our community as Labour MP for Tooting since 2016.
I grew up in Tooting, attending Trinity St Mary's School in Balham and I’m so proud to be raising my family here and worked as a Junior Doctor at St George's Hospital. I still work shifts at the hospital in the A&E department, assisting the health teams on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.
My medical career also took me overseas as a humanitarian doctor where I have supported efforts in some of the biggest humanitarian crises in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
I was first elected as a Wandsworth Labour Councillor for Tooting Bec and Balham in 2014 where I proudly served as the Deputy Leader of the Labour Group.
Since becoming MP for Tooting, I have campaigned to tackle knife crime in our community, protect local community assets such as the Tooting Bec Athletics Club and Fishponds Playing Fields, and for action to be taken to tackle the climate crisis.
There are so many fantastic local organisations, who work to support our diverse communities. It has been an honour to champion the work of these organisations, most recently through the Tooting Heroes Awards.
Since becoming an MP, I have worked in the Rohingya refugee camps on the border of Myanmar to support refugees fleeing an unfolding genocide, in Palestine to highlight the need for better access to medical treatment for Palestinians, and this year, I travelled to Ukraine after the war started to provide humanitarian supplies and support to Ukrainian civilians who were injured during Russia's invasion.
I was proud to serve as Labour's Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, calling out Government failures and developing policies. We put together a bold vision for transforming mental health services, including pledges to recruit 8,500 additional mental health staff, place a mental health specialist in every school and an open access hub in every community for young people, which will be in Labour's manifesto at the next General Election. I was proud to have worked so closely with Melanie Leahy and many other families, calling for a statutory inquiry into thousands of deaths at Mental Health hospitals in Essex. I have also fought to tackle the burning injustices that too many people face as a result of this Government's delay on reforming the Mental Health Act. It's been an honour and I'm so proud of what my team and I have achieved together in this role.
It is the honour of my life to serve as the MP for the community where I grew up and where I am raising my family. Thank you for all of your support over the years.
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