Rowallen Parade Street Meeting – 13th May 2016

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Rowallen Parade Street Meeting – 13th May 2016

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Last Friday I met with local residents and business owners on Rowallen Parade on Green Lane to discuss the parking issues they are currently facing.

I have now written to the Council to put forward their suggestion of a thirty minute free period of parking for shoppers.

I will do all I can to get this sensible solution implemented as soon as possible.























Meeting Year 4 Citizenship Pupils at Godwin Primary School

Friday, May 13th, 2016


I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Godwin Primary School where I was quizzed by pupils about my work as an MP. The pupils were eager to hear about what MPs do in Parliament and even asked me what football team I support. It was great for me to hear from them about what they thought would make our Borough a better place to live.

I am always delighted to meet the talented and passionate young people of Barking and Dagenham and their inspirational teachers.


My letter to C2C on their plans to reduce services at Barking Station

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

I’ve written to C2C concerning their plans to further reduce the number of services that stop at Barking Station during peak times in both the morning and afternoon.

This is in spite of the fact that when C2C secured the franchise for the Barking to Fenchurch Street line, we were promised more regular train services into central London.

They have now gone back on this promise.

We already experience severe overcrowding at Barking station at peak times and this decision will only make matters worse.

I will continue to fight for better train services for Barking and Dagenham residents. We will not settle for second best.

You can read my letter by clicking the image below:

Letter to Julian Drury - 11th May


Speaking in debate on education funding in London

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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:

Tackling corruption in our property market

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 overĀ£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.