Margaret Hodge

Margaret Hodge MP

Member of Parliament for Barking

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Welcome to my website

I've proudly represented local residents in Barking & Dagenham for the last 17 years and this website has been designed with you in mind.

Please use the links at the top of the page if you would like to contact me or find out about the work I am doing as your Member of Parliament. You can find updates about my work in Barking & Dagenham, such as my regular Coffee Afternoons and Street Meetings, as well as information about campaigns I am running.

This website also contains contact details for your local councillors if you would like to get in touch with them.

I hope you find my website useful. I'm committed to making the Borough better for everyone who lives here by listening to residents' concerns and fighting for our community.

With all good wishes

Margaret Hodge MP

Latest News

Clamping down on Betting Shops in the Borough

We have seen a proliferation of betting shops in the Borough. Just last week I walked down the High Street and counted 7 betting shops. As soon as a shop closes it is replaced by a new betting shop. These betting shops target the most vulnerable people in our area and they have a devastating effect on our community. I have been fighting for a long time to tackle the number of these betting shops.

Last year I was snubbed by Barclay’s after I wrote to the bank to urge them not to allow their vacant shop on the High Street to be given to yet another betting shop. This week I wrote to Stephen Williams MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, urging him to support a proposal from Hackney Borough Council that would give local Councils new powers to address the problem of the increase of betting shops.

I hope the Government listens to my request and gives Councils the power they need to stop more betting shops opening in the borough and stop the destructive effect they’re having on our high street and community.

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