Tackling prostitution in Abbey

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Tackling prostitution in Abbey

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

I have been working hard with the local Council and the police to stamp out prostitution which has been blighting residents in Abbey.

Following pleas from myself and local residents, the Council have finally installed CCTV opposite Victoria Road where the problem is most prevalent. This is great news and should act as an effective deterrent, allowing the police to gather evidence against people engaging in antisocial behaviour.

#5 Bus Campaign: Update

Friday, March 27th, 2015

I have been pounding the streets asking residents to support my campaign to extend the No.5 to Romford bus route to stop directly outside Queen’s Hospital. The response to the petition has been incredible. There is a real appetite to get this bus to go straight to the hospital. Residents are fed up of getting a raw deal when it comes to transport and access to health services.

I have been lobbying TFL to extend the route but have always been told that it would add an extra few minutes to the journey which current passengers wouldn’t like. However, during one of my door knocking sessions a local resident came up with a great solution. The number five currently goes every 6-7 minutes so why don’t we create two bus routes? One bus would do the current route and the other would go via the hospital.

I have written to Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, with this sensible suggestion which you can read below.#5bus






Column: HSBC

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Tax avoidance has been the focus of much of my work in Parliament. As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee I have been able to expose and take to task global companies like Starbucks, Amazon and Google who refuse to pay their fair share of tax. The latest big scandal to be uncovered is the behaviour of HSBC, a high street name that we all used to be able to trust, in seemingly helping its clients to avoid and even evade tax. I held hearings with both HMRC and HSBC, and I was absolutely appalled by the complacent attitude of the tax authorities. We all know how the taxman relentlessly pursues small businesses for the slightest mistake, and if someone gets caught cheating on their benefits they go to court. Yet the majority of HSBC’s clients were let off the hook, facing no more than a relatively small fine, at most. And the top officials at HSBC had either turned a completely blind eye or they were totally incompetent. The issue of tax avoidance has struck a real chord with people and often comes up in my conversations with residents. It makes the rest of us furious that while we pay our taxes without question, a few at the top are using every trick in the book to get out of making a fair contribution. I am pleased that the Committee has helped persuade the Government to get tougher on tax avoiders but there is still a long way to go and it is a fight I intend to keep up!

The skis and boots that are appropriate at the beginning

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

8 Rent, do not buy, equipment. The skis and boots that are appropriate at the beginning of your skiing career will not remain appropriate for long; buying them is throwing money down the drain. Many skiers purchase boots as soon as they know they are hooked after the first week, that is.

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Yet another Budget that offers nothing for residents

Thursday, March 19th, 2015


In the final budget of this Parliament George Osborne unveiled a series of proposals that will do very little to help residents in Barking and Dagenham.

The Chancellor spent an hour telling us that we have never had it so good- well he certainly hasn’t spoken to residents in the Borough.

This budget does nothing to help hard working families who are struggling to make ends meet. Week on week I speak to families who are struggling to pay their bills due to low paid work, zero hours contracts and benefit cuts.

There were no proposals to tackle the growing NHS crisis or to increase school places in the Borough.

We need a government who stands on the side of ordinary families and not just the privileged few.