Abbey Ward Coffee Afternoon

Archive for January, 2017

Abbey Ward Coffee Afternoon

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Today, I met-up with residents in Abbey Ward for my latest coffee afternoon. Residents raised concerns about street parking and litter on the streets. I will be writing back to all residents in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have an issue you would like to raise with me, please email:

Parking near Grafton Primary School

Friday, January 20th, 2017

TodayI held a street meeting outside Grafton Primary School to talk to residents who are unable to get off their drives because some parents are blocking them in when they park to collect their kids. Clearly this not acceptable. Whilst parents have a right to pick up their kids from school, they should not be preventing residents from getting on and off their drives. At the meeting I was joined by the residents, the Council, the Headteacher of the school as well as the Police and local councillors. As a result of today’s meeting the Council have now agreed to carry out a survey of the area to see if it’s possible to put up CCTV cameras so that they can fine those who park irresponsibly.

Sorting out the Walnut Tree Road rat run

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Earlier this month at a Coffee Afternoon in Valence Ward, residents on Walnut Tree Road raised concerns with me about the road being used as a rat run between Green Lane and Becontree Avenue. Today I met residents on the road with the Council and the Police to try to hammer out a solution. The safety of residents is a top priority for me. Using a road as a rat run like this is very dangerous. I am pleased that following the meeting the Council have agreed to carry out a speed survey on the road and are working with the Police to resolve this issue.

Update on my amendment to tackle tax secrecy

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

So far 83 MPs have signed up to my cross-party #tackletaxhavens amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill.

The amendment will be debated in the House of Commons in the next few weeks so please do ask your own MP to sign up to the amendment if they haven’t done so already!

More info on the amendment below:

Our amendment would ensure the UK’s Overseas Territories adopt the same transparency standards as the rest of the UK by the time of the next UK general election scheduled for 2020.

By introducing public registers of beneficial ownership, Overseas Territories would have to publically disclose who owns what company in their jurisdiction, shining a light on who owns the assets hidden across the world.

The UK’s Overseas Territories include the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands which constitute some of the world’s most notorious tax havens. These secretive jurisdictions allow criminals and tax avoiders to hide their money away. Campaigners estimate that as much as $32 trillion may be hidden away in tax havens worldwide.

The UK’s Overseas Territories which act as tax havens have a particularly damaging effect on developing countries. The UN Conference on Trade and Development estimate that tax havens cost developing countries at least $100 billion a year in lost revenue, while the OECD has previously said that tax havens may be costing developing countries up to three times the global aid budget.

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