Establishment of additional bus services

Barking Police Station Public Meeting

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Packed public meeting at the Barking Learning Centre discussing policing and crime issues in the borough with Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden. A lot of residents angry at MOPAC’s decision to put future of Barking Police Station in doubt.

If you want to keep the police station open then sign the petition here: https://goo.gl/forms/JS01azFhFYtl1vBS2

 

 

Radio 4 Appearance – ‘The Great British Money Laundering Service’

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Last week I appeared on Radio 4’s File on 4 programme, “The Great British Money Laundering Service”. The programme looked at the global networks which allow billions of pounds of dirty money to pass through UK companies despite new transparency rules. In the majority of cases, company structures are designed where dirty money moves incredibly quickly through the UK, making it hard for the police to catch it.

A simple way of getting around this is to require British companies to have some form of meaningful British presence before they can incorporate. This could require a unique identifier such as a passport number or a UK bank account. Whilst it is important to allow ease of incorporation of companies for business growth, the government are currently pursuing this at the expense of a proper regulatory framework. We need to be able to understand who the companies registered in our country really are.

You can listen to some of me on the program here:

Baby Leave for MPs

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Last week I spoke during the Baby Leave for Members of Parliament debate where MPs approved a proxy voting system for new parents. This will mean that MPs who have recently had children or adopted a child will be able to nominate a colleague to vote on their behalf, giving them more time to spend with their baby. It is an important move to ensure that women in Parliament have the same rights as women in other workplaces.

During the debate, I raised the point that this is not only an issue in Westminster, but in local government as well. Whilst great progress has been made, there is more to be done to ensure representation of women at all levels.

Watch my short contribution to the debate here: