Celebrating World Milk Day 2013

Archive for September, 2013

Celebrating World Milk Day 2013

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I celebrated World Milk Day on Friday 27 September by joining children at Gascoigne Primary School in Barking to drink milk.

World milk day

I’m really pleased to be supporting this great initiative.  Milk is full of calcium and Vitamin D and is great for promoting healthy teeth and bones. That means it’s great for children who are growing up.

World Milk Day is organised by the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and celebrated its 14th annual event this year. Its purpose is to promote the importance of drinking milk at school in a fun, memorable and educational way.

Freeze commuter fares in 2014

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

I am calling on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to freeze fares in 2014 for people who commute from Barking & Dagenham.

London’s commuter fares are the most expensive in the world. I was shocked when I learned that Transport for London, which is responsible for our buses and trains, is sitting on a surplus.

At a time when wages are falling and household bills keep rising that’s just not acceptable. Both the Government and Boris Johnson should be taking every step possible to ease the burden on commuters.

I have signed Early Day Motion 516 which states:

“That this House notes that London commuter fares have become the most expensive in the world and are an ever increasing pressure on Londoners’ household budgets while real wages are falling and bills are rising; further notes that since 2008 the cost of a single bus journey in London has increased by 56 per cent and that a zone one to six travel card is £400 a year more expensive; further notes that Transport for London has reported unbudgeted operational surpluses for the previous three years and is showing evidence of regularly under-anticipating fares income and over estimating other expenditures; and calls on the Mayor of London to use his discretion to freeze fares at RPI for 2014, easing the pressure on ordinary Londoners during the current cost of living crisis.”

Skip to be fit at Eastbury Primary School

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I had great fun joining children from Eastbury Primary School to promote skipping as part of the ‘Skip2bfit’ programme run by John McCormack.


Skip2bfit is a programme that promotes skipping as a fun exercise for children and their family, whilst also making numeracy more fun by getting children to count the number of skips which have been achieved in one go.

Skipping is a fantastic exercise, it’s good for you and improves your fitness and wellbeing.  I’m delighted to have been asked to help join the children and promote it at Eastbury Primary School.

Supporting local pharmacies

Friday, September 20th, 2013

This week I am encouraging local residents to use their local pharmacy for everyday health problems and at the first sign of feeling unwell.

I am pledging my support in a newsletter being delivered to all 71,840 households in Barking & Dagenham being published by the North East London Pharmaceutical Committee which represents local pharmacies.

Local pharmacies in Barking and Dagenham are often the first point of call for residents when they need information about health problems. They possess a wealth of experience and can offer simple yet effective advice. By supporting your local pharmacy you will be helping them maintain their important role within the local community.

You can read the news letter by clicking here.