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Barking and Dagenham stores offering a healthy start

I was really pleased to learn that children from two local primary schools took part in NHS Change4Life’s ‘Healthy Start’ project, which aims to make fruit and vegetables more readily available in local stores. Children from Monteagle Primary recently took part in a ‘bushtucker trial’ by trying different sorts of fruit and veg which they […]

Longbridge Coffee Afternoon

Last Friday I held one of my coffee afternoons at St Erkenwald’s Church in Longbridge ward. More than 60 local residents turned up and we had a good chat about the things that are bothering people. Local police and council officers were there so we could agree a way forward on the issues people raised. […]

Community Rally to Save King George A&E

Join me at Ilford Town Hall Friday the 8th of April to stand up to the bureaucrats and say KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL! I will be attending the meeting along with the other 7 MPs involved in the campaign – Jon Cruddas MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Mike Gapes MP, Lee Scott MP, […]

Local GPs Oppose King George Closure

I recently wrote to GPs in Barking and Dagenham to find out if they supported plans to close the A&E at King George Hospital. Of the 51 GPs that responded to my survey, all but one strongly opposed the closure. This proves that the North East London NHS, ONEL, has not been honest. They have […]

Our Olympic Borough

In 2 weeks’ time we’ll know if Barking and Dagenham is to become an Olympic Borough. Becoming an Olympic Borough can bring so many great things to our community that will benefit local people for generations to come. The Olympics is already making its mark on Barking and Dagenham. Funding has been secured for a […]

King George A&E Closure Concerns

On Tuesday I wrote to Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, in the strongest possible terms about King George Hospital’s A&E being closed at night from July onwards. I was told this by a constituent last Friday and I sincerely hope it’s not true. I am deeply concerned that no one from ONEL, […]

Barking and Dagenham’s Children’s Centres at Risk

Last Friday I visited Abbey Children’s Centre in Barking. It was fantastic to join the Stay & Play group and see the children who are playing and learning together. The centre offers everything from health checks to help with childcare that means mums and dads can work. Every parent I have spoken to today has […]

Maternity Services at King George Hospital

I am extremely concerned about Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospital Trust’s proposals for downgrading maternity services at King George Hospital and recently  appeared on BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme You and Yours to discuss this. There are 10,000 babies a year born in Queens and King George Hospital but the existing services just aren’t […]

Green Lane Community Centre

In January, the Council agreed an application for a community centre on the site of Derek’s the butchers and the three lock-up garages on the side. You may have heard the development being referred to simply as a mosque. This is not accurate. Plans for the new community centre do include a prayer area contained […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

I have always been a supporter of those charities and organisations that provide support to women and children fleeing domestic violence. I visited the womens’ refuge in Barking just before Christmas to see the work they do. However, despite their efforts domestic violence remains on the increase and as a borough we have one of […]

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