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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 […]

My office is moving

Dear resident, after many years in North Street my office will be moving on 1 April to the Barking Learning Centre. My office will be closed on 1 April whilst our phone and email are changed over. As always we will get back to residents as soon as possible. Please note my new address is: Margaret Hodge […]

Coffee afternoon in Abbey

This Friday, 26 February, I’ll be holding one of my regular Coffee Afternoons in Abbey. These are a great way for me to hear from about the issues affecting you in Abbey and keep residents updated on the work I’m doing on your behalf in Parliament. If you have anything you would like to raise with me, please come along. […]

My speech on Google’s tax avoidance

Yesterday in the House of Commons debate on tax avoidance, I argued against the unfair “sweetheart deal” between HMRC and Google. This case highlights the problems with our tax system that big companies are able to exploit and the loopholes that we must close. Watch my speech to the House of Commons here:

Google’s tax deal

Google will apparently pay £130m in tax for the past ten years despite making $6.4bn alone last year from sales made here the UK. This is an insult most of us who pay their tax without question. For 85% of people their tax contribution comes straight out of their pay cheques.  They are rightly furious […]

Success on Axe Street

After a long year of fighting I am delighted that a parking solution has been found for residents of Axe Street. Residents will be able to buy season tickets which allow them to park in the London Road car park between the hours of 6pm and 8am Monday to Friday and all weekend. For a […]

Becoming a Dame!

At the end of this year, I was very excited to be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive my Damehood! I have been in public life for over twenty years and never dreamed that this would happen. I want to thank all of the people in the Borough who have worked with me and supported me […]

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