Send My Friend To School Campaign

Archive for July, 2016

Send My Friend To School Campaign

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016



















Earlier this week students from Eastbury Community School popped round to my Barking office to drop off a small box of paper backpacks they had made.

The backpacks are part of the “Send My Friend to School” campaign which is run by the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education. This campaign brings together thousands of children across the UK calling on world leaders to keep their promise of giving every child the right to an education. At the moment we have a global education crisis with 124 million children out of school around the world. You can find out more about the campaign here.

On the backpacks, the students wrote messages calling on every child to have the same right to an education as they do. Some of the best messages included:

‘Children without education is a tragedy. Every child deserves education so fix up and do something!’

‘Do something useful. Give every child an education!’

‘We are all born with the right of education’

‘I go to school. Why can’t they?’

‘Our generation can change the world!’

I loved the messages so much that I decided to decorate my office with them!

I’m sending the rest of the backpacks to the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, the new Secretary of State for International Development to let her know about this brilliant campaign.

I am really pleased to be supporting the students at Eastbury Community School in their campaign for every child to have the right to an education. I am very proud that our children in Barking and Dagenham are putting pressure on world leaders to do more. I hope the Government takes note and listens to the voices of children in the Borough.

My Westminster Hall debate on Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Today I called on the Government to do more to raise greater awareness and provide more funding into research for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).

These are rare but devastating skin reactions caused by reactions to medicines used by all of us. This includes common anti-epileptic drugs, ibuprofen, anti-HIV drugs.

The results are shocking. It can start with a skin rash and leads to excruciating blistering and peeling of the skin and surfaces of the eyes, mouth throat. In some cases it damages your eyes, nasal passages, urethra and gut.

Even after patients have recovered the long term costs are high. Long after recovery patients are left with skin conditions, problems with their eyes, lungs, as well as psychological trauma.

SJS awareness, based in Barking and Dagenham, have been doing excellent work to raise awareness and provide support to the families affected by SJS and TEN.

But awareness amongst the public, healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical remains too low. Lots of survivors talk about how their doctors didn’t recognise until much later on that they were suffering with SJS/TEN. Catching this early is essential so we must do more to educate people about spotting the signs.

We need more research into the mechanisms of SJS/TEN. MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science and Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine and University of Liverpool are researching how these reactions occur but we need more money and more research.

And for more information about SJS please visit:

You can watch my debate below:
Margaret Hodge

Green Bins update

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Lots of residents have been contacting me about the future of the green bins in the borough. I have spoken to the council who have explained that the green waste collection is being paused in September whilst they consider whether they will be able to afford to run the green waste service long term without residents paying for it. This is against a backdrop of huge government funding cuts to the council. I have been assured that no decision will be made without first consulting residents.