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Becoming a Dame!

At the end of this year, I was very excited to be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive my Damehood! I have been in public life for over twenty years and never dreamed that this would happen. I want to thank all of the people in the Borough who have worked with me and supported me […]

Happy Christmas!

I want to wish all my constituents a very happy Christmas! 2015 has been a busy year, and I will not be taking my foot of the pedal in 2016. I will be pushing for better local health care services and continue my fight to get the number 5 bus diverted to Queen’s Hospital. I hope […]

Visiting the new Goresbrook School

I was so pleased to recently have the chance to visit the new Goresbrook School. We are in desperate need of more school places in Barking and Dagenham, so it was brilliant to see new buildings under construction and speak to the headteacher, Clare Darley, about the school’s plans for the future. I was pleased […]

Air Strikes in Syria

Over the last few weeks I have been inundated with emails and calls from local residents about the vote to launch air strikes in Syria against Daesh. This  has been one of the most challenging decisions I have had to make as an MP. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have […]

My response to the Autumn Statement

On Wednesday George Osborne set out his latest spending review. I welcome the Chancellor’s U-turn on his decision to cut tax credits. It just goes to show the power of grassroots campaigning. However, beneath the smoke and mirrors of his headline announcements this statement offers nothing for residents across the Borough. We have the highest unemployment rate […]

When there is a sudden noise that is close

When there is a sudden noise that is close to one of the ears, the cochlea of that ear gets damaged and leads to deafness on that side. There are some people who suffer from hearing loss in one ear because of hereditary reasons. Head injury is another common cause of this kind of hearing […]

Gascoigne Coffee Afternoon

Next Friday, November 20th, I’ll be holding one of my regular Coffee Afternoons in Gascoigne. These are a great way for me to hear from about the issues affecting you in Gascoigne and keeping residents updated on the work I’m doing on your behalf in Parliament. I’m delighted that your councillors Dominic Twomey and Dr Abdul Aziz will be […]

Fighting cuts to adult education

I was disappointed to learn about the government’s plans to make further cuts to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. These cuts worry me, because I am concerned that adult education will be hit hard, which would be a huge blow to Barking and Dagenham. In the borough, this year we have already seen […]

Sorting out parking on London Road

Last week I held a meeting in London Road in Barking to talk about the appalling parking situation facing the local residents. I heard terrible stories from people living on the street, including several elderly residents whose ambulances had been unable to reach them due to overparking in the access road. This is just not […]

Visiting the local food bank

On Friday, I visited our local food bank, along with some volunteers from Timberland – yes the clothes retailer – who had come to the borough to decorate the food bank. I’m always impressed by the brilliant work Pastor Obi and his team are doing at the food bank in Abbey Retail Park, and I […]