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Reliance on locum GPs in Barking and Dagenham

I was very concerned to read these statistics from the BBC which shows that Barking and Dagenham has one of the highest percentages of locum GPs in the country. This reliance on locum GPs in the borough is unacceptable and puts the quality of care that residents receive at risk. I am fed up residents not […]

Celebrating #carersweek in Barking and Dagenham

Last week I met-up with Barking and Dagenham Carers to celebrate #carersweek. There are 6.5 million people across the UK who care unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. Carers week celebrates and recognises the contribution of all of the UK’s unpaid carers. Those who care for an ill, frail or […]

Longbridge Coffee Afternoon

I had another busy coffee afternoon in Longbridge Ward last week. A number of residents raised their concerns about parking issues on certain streets in the ward. I am now writing to the Council to see what we can do to solve these problems. If there is an issue in your area which you want […]

Campaign to remember victims of youth violence

  I’m really pleased that Barking and Dagenham Council have supported Jake Cass’ campaign to remember victims of youth violence. Jack wrote to me a few months ago with his idea to hold a minute’s silence which I was very happy to support. Far too many young people are victims of youth violence and it’s […]

Rowallen Parade Street Meeting – 13th May 2016

Last Friday I met with local residents and business owners on Rowallen Parade on Green Lane to discuss the parking issues they are currently facing. I have now written to the Council to put forward their suggestion of a thirty minute free period of parking for shoppers. I will do all I can to get […]

Meeting Year 4 Citizenship Pupils at Godwin Primary School

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Godwin Primary School where I was quizzed by pupils about my work as an MP. The pupils were eager to hear about what MPs do in Parliament and even asked me what football team I support. It was great for me to hear from them about what they thought […]

My letter to C2C on their plans to reduce services at Barking Station

I’ve written to C2C concerning their plans to further reduce the number of services that stop at Barking Station during peak times in both the morning and afternoon. This is in spite of the fact that when C2C secured the franchise for the Barking to Fenchurch Street line, we were promised more regular train services […]

Speaking in debate on education funding in London

Last week I spoke in a debate in the House of Commons about the future of education funding in London. Under government proposals schools in Barking and Dagenham could be set to lose out on thousands of pounds of funding despite the unique challenges we face in our Borough. Each year we have a large […]

Tackling corruption in our property market

I have written to George Osborne with Rt Hon Frank Field MP urging the Government to introduce a public register of beneficial ownership of property. We are concerned that the UK property market is being used as a safe haven for corrupt money. A minority of wealthy and powerful individuals have bought UK property merely […]

Crowning my latest Community Champion

I was delighted to crown Rahat Ismail as my latest community champion. Rahat was nominated by a local parent who recognised the amazing work she does in the borough. Rahat has worked tirelessly in the community to make life better for local families and create opportunities for local people to thrive. I greatly admire her commitment to empowering the […]