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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 […]

Five new peak-time C2C trains for Barking Station

  c2c have just announced that they will be bringing back five new peak-time train services for Barking station with a sixth train to be doubled in length. I have recently received a letter from c2c to announce these improvements after I met with Julian Drury (Managing Director, c2c) and Ernesto Sicilia (Managing Director and Chairman, […]

Number 5 Bus Campaign – We did it!

We did it! From August 26th, No.5 bus will go direct to Queen’s Hospital. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition!

My campaign for better train services for Barking and Dagenham

                  Dear friends, On Monday I launched my campaign to get Barking and Dagenham residents the first class train services they were promised. When C2C secured the franchise for the London to Shoeburyness line, they promised that there would be a train from Barking into Central London once […]

Memorial fund to Rachel Watson

I want to say thank you for all the messages of support my family and I have received over the last few weeks. We are completely devastated by the loss of my daughter-in-law – Rachel, whose life was taken too soon. Rachel was a devoted wife, mother, step mum, daughter and sister. She was beautiful, […]

Abbey Ward Coffee Afternoon

Today, I met-up with residents in Abbey Ward for my latest coffee afternoon. Residents raised concerns about street parking and litter on the streets. I will be writing back to all residents in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have an issue you would like to raise with me, please email:

Parking near Grafton Primary School

TodayI held a street meeting outside Grafton Primary School to talk to residents who are unable to get off their drives because some parents are blocking them in when they park to collect their kids. Clearly this not acceptable. Whilst parents have a right to pick up their kids from school, they should not be […]