The Times Series has asked each parliamentary candidate to list five reasons why they should become an MP at the General Election on May 7.

Here Conservative candidate for Chipping Barnet Theresa Villiers explains why you should vote for her.

I was first elected as your MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005 and for the past decade I have been campaigning on local issues that matter to all of us who live here in Barnet. These include: opposing inappropriate developments such as Cat Hill and Pinkham Way; supporting our local high streets; saving local post offices and securing better services; securing expanded A&E, maternity and children’s services at Barnet Hospital and a link-up with the Royal Free; reopening Brunswick Park Health Centre; supporting local charities; combating anti-Semitism; pushing BT for faster broadband in Barnet; protecting the green belt, and helping to cut crime in the borough.

1. As Transport Minster I worked hard to ensure that the upgrade of the Northern Line finally went ahead after it was stalled for years under Labour. This is delivering faster journey times and more frequent trains.

2. I have been working alongside East Barnet residents in the campaign to get East Barnet Health Centre refurbished and reopened. The latest news is that contractors have started the work.

3. Championing our local high streets will always be a top priority for me.

4. I will also work to ensure that Barnet’s schools continue to be among the best in the country, with more than 90 per cent graded good or outstanding by Ofsted.

5. I will be vigilant in defending the green belt and protecting our suburban environment.

Vote Conservative to elect a government with a proven record of fixing the country’s finances, strengthening the economy, and reforming welfare to ensure it pays to work; not Labour, who want to tax your family home, borrow more, and burden us with even more debt. Please vote to re-elect me on May 7 to represent you again in Westminster.