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#1 Securing extra funding for health services in the Borough

It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have served the Borough for 20 years today. Coming up to this anniversary I have been reflecting on my time as your Member of Parliament and over the next 20 days I will be sharing with you 20 of my greatest highlights.   When I first […]

20 Years as your MP

   It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have served the Borough for 20 years today. Coming up to this anniversary I have been reflecting on my time as your Member of Parliament for the next 20 days I will be sharing with you 20 of my greatest highlights.

Queen’s Speech- Fighting for the needs of the Borough

    Last week the Government set out in the Queen’s Speech its programme for the coming year. In the debate that followed I expressed my anger and frustration that once again the needs of Barking and Dagenham have been overlooked. Our needs are great. During my 20 years as your Member of Parliament, we […]

Delivering better bus services for Barking

I am pleased to have secured fresh commitments from Transport for London on improving bus services in the Borough. Last week I lobbied Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, for an increase in the number of buses on the EL1 and EL2 routes which serve residents on the Thames View Estate. Many of you on […]

Shining a light on homelessness in the Borough

  I have been working hard to raise awareness of the growing problem of homelessness in the Borough. Last week I visited a homeless shelter set up by Worshipville Ministries and listened to the stories and concerns of some of the people sleeping rough. We have a real problem here in the Borough. Those living rough are […]

Clamping down on Betting Shops in the Borough

We have seen a proliferation of betting shops in the Borough. Just last week I walked down the High Street and counted 7 betting shops. As soon as a shop closes it is replaced by a new betting shop. These betting shops target the most vulnerable people in our area and they have a devastating […]

Voting to block hospital closures

Last year the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt attempted to close down Lewisham hospital but this was ruled illegal by the High Court. To get around this situation, the Government has introduced the controversial ‘hospital closure clause’ into the Care Bill going through Parliament. “Special trust administrators”, appointed by the Secretary of State to sort out […]

Success: Increased opening hours for Barking Police Station

I am so pleased to hear that our campaign to increase opening hours for the new Barking police station has been a success. When Barking Police Station moves to the learning center later this year it will be open until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The original proposals, which saw the Police Station only […]

A welcome step forward in fight against global tax avoidance

Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has welcomed a major step forward in the fight against global tax evasion and avoidance The new Global Standard on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information was published today by the OECD in partnership with the G20. Under the standard, governments worldwide will gather taxpayer information […]

My Energy Fayre

Margaret Hodge MP Energy Fayre   We are heading into the coldest part of winter at the same time as many residents will be feeling the pinch after Christmas. Energy bills have soared in recent years and many people are already struggling to make ends meet. I am trying to help residents get their bills […]

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