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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 […]

Autumn Statement

More disappointment from this Government Last week the Chancellor announced the Autumn Statement which is an update on what the Government will spend its money on. Once again the Government has failed to get to grips with the problems people are facing in the Borough. I have strongly lobbied the Chancellor to provide money to […]

Maternity Services in the Borough

My campaign to improve maternity services continues. This week I asked the Government just how much money the local health trust, which includes Queen’s hospital, was paying out in maternity compensation claims. The average amount of money they are paying out per claim has skyrocketed by over £75,000 in 4 years. Last year the trust […]

Green light for Closed Loop Recycling

I am extremely pleased that an innovative recycling business has been given the go ahead to expand its operations in Dagenham. Closed Loop Recycling Ltd, which has its base in Choats Road Dagenham, recycles four million plastic bottles every day and is the only company in the world that recycles both plastic milk bottles and […]

Encouraging local residents to get their flu jab

I recently visited Thomas Pharmacy at 19 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7NN to encourage local residents to get their flu jab. The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect our most vulnerable residents and workers who are most at risk of serious complications or even death from flu. I would encourage everyone over 65 […]

Skills training and jobs for young unemployed people

It was great to visit the Premier Foods’ site in Choats Lane, Dagenham recently to see their scheme which offers skills training and jobs for young unemployed people.  The site is home to one of two of Hovis’ regional distribution centres in the country and I met the young people who attended Premier Foods’ Open Day. All […]

Celebrating World Milk Day 2013

I celebrated World Milk Day on Friday 27 September by joining children at Gascoigne Primary School in Barking to drink milk. I’m really pleased to be supporting this great initiative.  Milk is full of calcium and Vitamin D and is great for promoting healthy teeth and bones. That means it’s great for children who are […]

Freeze commuter fares in 2014

I am calling on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to freeze fares in 2014 for people who commute from Barking & Dagenham. London’s commuter fares are the most expensive in the world. I was shocked when I learned that Transport for London, which is responsible for our buses and trains, is sitting on a […]

Skip to be fit at Eastbury Primary School

I had great fun joining children from Eastbury Primary School to promote skipping as part of the ‘Skip2bfit’ programme run by John McCormack. Skip2bfit is a programme that promotes skipping as a fun exercise for children and their family, whilst also making numeracy more fun by getting children to count the number of skips which […]

Supporting local pharmacies

This week I am encouraging local residents to use their local pharmacy for everyday health problems and at the first sign of feeling unwell. I am pledging my support in a newsletter being delivered to all 71,840 households in Barking & Dagenham being published by the North East London Pharmaceutical Committee which represents local pharmacies. Local […]