Hi, my name is Bell Ribeiro-Addy and I am proud to be the Labour MP for Streatham.
Born and raised on Brixton Hill, I am indebted to our community for shaping me for the better. There is no other place like it for its long history of activism, cooperation and faith.
I am a black working-class woman, Christian, and a lifelong socialist who grew up in a Labour family. I stand on a platform that might not get much love from the Daily Mail but I live by the values of the community that has given me so much.
Standing up for Streatham
In me, Streatham has an advocate in Parliament who will listen to and respect all my constituents, work tirelessly for them, and never forget who sent me there and why.
My vision for our constituency is based on fairness, equality and honesty and the core belief that who you are should have no impact on what you can achieve in life. My journey from a Brixton Hill council estate to the Parliamentary estate is not the statistically trodden path of a young Black woman but representing our home as an MP has been the honour of a lifetime.
Since being elected to the role, I’ve worked hard to be a visible and accessible constituency MP, helping our community navigate challenging times which have highlighted the problems we face after more than a decade of Tory misrule. In me, our area has an advocate in Parliament who will always show up, always listen, and always respect constituents.
The Tories have failed communities like ours. They have run our NHS into the ground, forced through cuts to our public transport network, failed to keep us safe, shredded the social safety net, and tanked our economy through their damaging handling of Covid and Brexit and disastrous tax cuts for the super rich.
Rather than tackling injustices from racism to climate breakdown, inequality, and low pay, the Tories have launched an assault on anyone who tries to challenge them. I have consistently opposed their attacks on fundamental civil liberties, particularly the right to strike and our protest and voting rights.
Their right-wing political project has left the vast majority of the country worse-off but they show no signs of changing course. This is why we now see rhetoric which seeks to blame migrants, working class people, and other minoritised groups for the damage they have inflicted.
Faced with a divisive politics that delivers only for the few, I fight for a politics of hope that will deliver for the many, inspired by the values of our community.