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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 […]

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 […]

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