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Abbey Ward Coffee Afternoon

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: [email protected]

Parking near Grafton Primary School

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 […]

Sorting out the Walnut Tree Road rat run

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 […]

Update on my amendment to tackle tax secrecy

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 […]

How I’m tackling tax secrecy in the overseas territories

Today I tabled an amendment supported by 80 MPs from eight different political parties in Westminster calling on the Government to finally clean up our country’s notorious tax havens. My 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 […]

Call for Government to tackle betting shops

**Press Release** Margaret Hodge MP has responded to the Government’s consultation to review gambling machines and social responsibility measures. The number of betting shops in Barking and Dagenham is now at an all-time high with 51 gambling premises registered in Barking and Dagenham and 20% of these are located in Barking Town Centre. Barking and […]

Why I’m backing the ‘Magnitsky’ Amendment

In case you missed it, earlier this week I wrote a piece for the Times on why I’m backing the ‘Magnitsky’ amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill to ensure Britain does not become a safe haven for money launderers. Britain must not be a safe haven for money launderers Far too many people enjoy luxurious […]

Parliamentary Book Awards Prize for ‘Called to Account’

Last night I was lucky enough to win the ‘Best Non-Fiction book by a Parliamentarian’ award at the Parliamentary Book Awards. This morning I spoke to Adam Boulton at Sky News about the book and my time as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. Thank you again to all my fellow Parliamentarians who voted for […]