Last week I spoke in a debate in the House of Commons about the future of education funding in London.
Under government proposals schools in Barking and Dagenham could be set to lose out on thousands of pounds of funding despite the unique challenges we face in our Borough.
Each year we have a large turnover of children changing schools which means that instead of teaching 30 children, our brilliant teachers have 40 children in their class each year.
These children have to be supported into their new school, their education to date has to be quickly assessed and teachers have to put in the time to address any gaps in their learning.
Clearly our schools need more money to support these children moving schools.
I will continue to fight in Parliament for a fairer schools funding deal for our children in Barking and Dagenham.
You can watch my short intervention in the debate below:
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
I have written to George Osborne with Rt Hon Frank Field MP urging the Government to introduce a public register of beneficial ownership of property.
We are concerned that the UK property market is being used as a safe haven for corrupt money. A minority of wealthy and powerful individuals have bought UK property merely for tax and money laundering purposes. At the moment they are able to hide their true identity by setting up a company or trust to buy these homes.
Research by Transparency International has shown that over£180m worth of property in the UK have been brought under criminal investigation as the suspected proceeds of corruption since 2004.
This hikes up property prices for Londoners, distorts our housing market and creates ghost communities across our capital.
To tackle this harmful practice we need greater transparency over who owns the companies and trusts that own so many homes in our capital.