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Wearing it pink to fund a cure for breast cancer

I’m proud to be joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness for its biggest fundraising event, wear it pink day. On Friday 28 October 2011 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are being encouraged to don an item of pink in support of Breast Cancer Campaign and each donate £2 […]

Let’s bring these heartless thugs to justice

On Monday, just a few hundred yards from my constituency office in Barking, a 20 year old student was mugged by mindless criminals who pretended to help him. This shocking footage has been broadcast around the world and viewed over 3 million times on YouTube. I know that the vast majority of young people in […]

An invitation to my health services meeting

I would like to invite you to a meeting I am holding so that you can share your concerns about health services at Queen’s and King George Hospital with the Care Quality Commission. The Care Quality Commission are doing a special investigation into our hospitals and it is very important that your voice is heard, […]

We need an inquiry into the maternity crisis at Queen’s Hospital

Yesterday in the House of Commons I called for an independent inquiry into failing maternity services at Queen’s Hospital. Many constituents have contacted me about the poor maternity care they’ve received at Queen’s and that’s why I fought to secure an Adjournment Debate in Parliament. Here is the speech I made yesterday. You can also […]

Castle Green Parents’ Forum oppose King George closure

Last week I met with Castle Green Parents’ Forum, who made it clear to me how frustrated and dismayed they are at the proposed closure of King George Hospital. The Forum invited me to speak to them after they heard about my campaign. Parent Amber McGuire told me “King George is where you go for […]

I need your help to protect our 24 hour police stations

I need your help to stop the number of 24 hour police stations in Barking and Dagenham being cut. I was extremely concerned to learn that if plans put forward by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) go ahead, the number of 24 hour police stations in the borough will be cut from two to just […]

Save King George Hospital Campaign – I need your help!

The decision to close the A&E and maternity units at King George Hospital has been referred to a special panel to investigate whether the correct decision has been made. They would like to hear what YOU think about the proposal to close the A&E and maternity units. Please click here to submit your comments to […]

Overnight A&E closures at King George will not go ahead

Today I received a personal assurance from Andrew Lansley that overnight A&E closures at King George Hospital will not go ahead. I wrote to him last month to raise my concerns after a constituent told me that the A&E unit would no longer provide a 24 hour service from July onwards. Click here to see […]

Our letter to the PM

Today I was joined by 7 other local MPs – Jon Cruddas, Iain Duncan Smith, Mike Gapes, Lee Scott, Andrew Rosindell, John Cryer and Angela Watkinson – on the steps of 10 Downing Street. We were there to hand in a letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to stop the closure of the […]

Outrageous decision to cut out of hours GP services

The new primary care trust for Barking & Dagenham (ONEL) which took over responsibility for local health services last Friday has cut funding for out of hours GP services in the borough. It’s one of its first decisions. What is even more amazing is that it would appear as though we are the only borough […]