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New Statesman Q & A

This month I am the featured person for the New Statesman’s Q&A. You can find out what music I love and what my mastermind subject would be here!

Carillion Collapse Article

The collapse of Carillion has left a number of questions the Conservative Government need to answer. This disaster will have an enormous impact on service users, workers and the costs associated with this disruption are bound to run into hundreds of millions of pounds – money the taxpayer will have to find. In this piece […]

Holocaust Educational Trust

This week I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today. Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from […]

Newsnight Appearance

On Newsnight yesterday I spoke about the provision of public services by private companies following the collapse of Carillion. The government has tried to create markets, but in doing so has led to an ineffective system with large suppliers dominating and a lack of transparency over how taxpayer’s money is being used. The government needs […]

Christmas Card Competition Winners

Hosting my 17th annual Christmas card competition winners ceremony! Well done to all the winners – I hope you all enjoy your presents! And a big thank you to all of the sponsors that make today possible!

Finance Bill Debate

During the Finance Bill debate on Monday I asked the Government why they have deliberately limited the scope of the Bill in order to prevent MPs from tabling amendments which would help tackle tax avoidance. The Government has deliberately not brought forward an “Amendment of the Law Resolution” which would enable MPs to table amendments […]

Westminster Hall Debate on Public CbC Reporting

I’ve just finished speaking in a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament on public country-by-country reporting. Public country-by-country reporting is the publication of a defined set of facts and figures by large multi-national companies that provide the public with a clear picture of the taxes corporations pay. By having public country-by-country reporting, it makes it possible […]

APPG on Responsible Tax – Letter to the Prime Minister

Yesterday I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, along with 12 cross-party colleagues from the APPG on Responsible Tax, calling on the Government to use this Budget to take action against aggressive tax avoidance by enforcing a deadline for Overseas Territories on public registers of beneficial ownership. Public registers are the only way by […]

My statement on Barking Police Station

This morning, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime announced  its ‘Public Access Strategy’ with the news that Dagenham Police Station will stay open. I know many of you will be pleased by this announcement but it comes with a major caveat – as a consequence we may lose our police station at the Barking […]