Archive for February, 2015


Friday, February 13th, 2015

We have all been shocked by the revelations about what HSBC has been up to. It appears that they have been actively helping wealthy individuals avoid and potentially even evade tax. Documents reveal cases of HSBC clients doing outrageous things like going over to Switzerland and withdrawing bricks of 2 million euros in cash, so that they could get their money and take it back to the UK without paying any tax on it.

This week the Committee I chair in Parliament had the UK tax authorities up before us. They were alerted to what was going on as long ago as 2007. We wanted to know exactly who knew what, when, and why they failed to take action against the bank. We were not satisfied by their answers and so we are seeing them again next week and we have also demanded that HSBC appears before us to answer for their unacceptable behaviour.

Greatfields Park

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015


Meeting the friends of greatfields park



At my recent Coffee Afternoon in Gascoigne I was delighted to meet the friends of Greatfields Park. These ladies have been working hard to clean up and maintain the park but needed more resources. I was blown away by their dedication to improving the local community and made sure that the Council stepped in and provided the tools they needed.

I caught up with the ladies on Friday and was really pleased with the progress. The park looks great and the women now have the equipment and premises they need to continue their fantastic work.

Delivering a Speaker’s Lecture in the House of Commons

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015


I was honored to be asked by the Speaker of the House of Commons to deliver a special lecture in his private residence in the Palace of Westminster. For the past 5 years the Committee I chair in Parliament has been working tirelessly to ensure that tax payers hard earned money is spent properly by the Government and that big businesses are paying their fair share of tax. This lecture was a great opportunity to reflect on my time as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and talk about my experiences. You can catch up with it here





Goresbrook Coffee Afternoon

Monday, February 9th, 2015


It was great to see so many of you at my recent Coffee Afternoon in Goresbrook. I was very concerned to hear from several residents who are having problems getting an appointment with their local GP. Residents are struggling to get through to reception and the phone line is always engaged. When they finally do get through to someone they have to wait up to two weeks to see a Doctor. One lady waited almost a month to see a nurse. Although some people said they were pleased with the service they received, this is simply not on. I have written to the GP surgery and asked them to look into this as a matter of urgency and let me know what they are doing to address this unacceptable situation.

As many of you will know I am on a crusade to improve health services in the Borough and I will always tackle under-performing GP surgeries head on. If you are having any problems with your GP please call my office on 0208 594 1333 and fill in my GP surgery on my website.

Launch of SJS Awareness Campaign

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

It was a real honour to host the launch of the Stephens-Johnson Syndrome awareness campaign in Parliament. The founder and SJS survivor Thermutis Nadier Lawson has been working extremely hard with researchers from the University of Liverpool to raise awareness for this rare and devastating illness.

Stephens-Johnson Syndrome is a very serious skin condition that is most commonly caused by a reaction to medication. In some cases it can be life threatening.

It was extremely moving to hear the testimonies of the brave survivors of this terrible condition. I will be holding an adjournment debate in the House of Commons to raise awareness and will be pushing the Government to increase funding for research into this little understood condition.

You can find out more about Stephens-Johnson Syndrome awareness and their work here: