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Improving transport provision in the Borough

We all know that people in Barking and Dagenham get a raw deal when it comes to transport. It is one of the issues that come up time and again at my regular coffee afternoons. In particular residents are rightly frustrated about infrequent and overcrowded buses, the difficulty they have getting to Queen’s hospital, and […]

Real Recall Bill

My postbag has been full of letters from constituents asking me to support the ‘real’ recall bill. I fully believe that the power to recall should lay in the hands of voters. I have signed my name to Zac Goldsmith’s amendments and will tonight be voting for this bill. You can read my full thoughts […]

Cancer Services in Barking and Dagenham

I have been on a mission to improve cancer services in the Borough. Last month I wrote to the Chief Executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital demanding that action is taken to improve the startlingly low cancer survival rates across Barking and Dagenham. Residents will know that I have always had my concerns […]

Fighting Barclays Faircross Parade Branch Closure

I am extremely disappointed that Barclays have ignored calls from the local community to stop the closure of their Faircross Parade Branch. I have spoken to residents who rely on this bank who are concerned about the impact this closure will have on them. Those residents without access to the internet will have to travel […]

Better Buses for the Thames Residents

I am delighted that I have successfully persuaded Transport for London  to increase capacity on the EL1 and EL2 buses which serve Thames residents. Many residents will remember that a few months ago I met with Leon Daniels, Managing Director for Surface Transport at Transport For London urging him to increase the number of buses. Fr0m […]

Voting against the Bedroom Tax

Last week I voted once again against the bedroom tax. I supported Andrew George MP’s private member’s Bill, which will exempt anyone from the bedroom tax unless he or she can be found a smaller home to move to. I have been inundated with letters and emails from constituents deeply concerned about the impact of this […]

Cleaning up Parsloes Park

I have been on a crusade to clean up the Borough with my ‘Cleaner Streets Campaign’. This weekend I was shocked to hear about the state of Parsloes Park.  Residents found glass strewn across the pavement and a lot of dog mess in the park. One resident was unable to enjoy a family picnic because […]

16-25 year olds- want to make a difference and win £500?

We all know that managing money can be very tricky. However, learning to be responsible with your cash is the most important skill people can learn. If you are aged 16-25 and you think you have innovative ideas about teaching your local community to manage their money then please sign up to the Money for […]

Tackling prostitution in Abbey

There has been a historic problem with prostitution in Abbey. We thought we had tackled it but unfortunately the problem has returned. I have heard from many residents who are affected. There are groups of people loitering late at night and some residents have even found used condoms in their gardens. I am determined to […]

Revamped Goresbook Post Office

I was delighted to cut the ribbon at the packed launch of the new Goresbrook Road Post office.   I was taken aback by how many people showed up to see the opening of the revamped Goresbrook Road Post Office. This demonstrates that the Post Office still plays a major role in our community. The […]

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