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#5 Bus Campaign: Update

I have been pounding the streets asking residents to support my campaign to extend the No.5 to Romford bus route to stop directly outside Queen’s Hospital. The response to the petition has been incredible. There is a real appetite to get this bus to go straight to the hospital. Residents are fed up of getting a raw deal […]

Column: HSBC

Tax avoidance has been the focus of much of my work in Parliament. As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee I have been able to expose and take to task global companies like Starbucks, Amazon and Google who refuse to pay their fair share of tax. The latest big scandal to be uncovered is the […]

Yet another Budget that offers nothing for residents

In the final budget of this Parliament George Osborne unveiled a series of proposals that will do very little to help residents in Barking and Dagenham. The Chancellor spent an hour telling us that we have never had it so good- well he certainly hasn’t spoken to residents in the Borough. This budget does nothing […]

NHS Compensation at BHRUT

I was appalled to discover that from 2013 to 2014 the NHS paid out a staggering £10.4 million on compensation claims for medical negligence on behalf of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University trust. The NHS is in a real financial mess and it is extremely frustrating to see them shelling out over £10 million of […]

New Crossing for Hunters Hall Primary School

    This Friday I started my campaign with local parents from Hunters Hall Primary to install a road crossing near Rockwell Road and Pondfield Road in Dagenham. Local parents  were becoming increasingly concerned about dangerous driving in the area & reached out to me to support their campaign. I was shocked to hear about the number of cars […]

Eastbury Coffee Afternoon

Lots of you came to grab a cup of tea and have a natter with me my recent Eastbury Coffee Afternoon. It was fantastic to meet so many residents and listen to your concerns. Several months ago I held a coffee morning here and many residents were worried about the general state of the area. I went […]


We have all been shocked by the revelations about what HSBC has been up to. It appears that they have been actively helping wealthy individuals avoid and potentially even evade tax. Documents reveal cases of HSBC clients doing outrageous things like going over to Switzerland and withdrawing bricks of 2 million euros in cash, so that […]

Greatfields Park

      At my recent Coffee Afternoon in Gascoigne I was delighted to meet the friends of Greatfields Park. These ladies have been working hard to clean up and maintain the park but needed more resources. I was blown away by their dedication to improving the local community and made sure that the Council stepped in and […]

Delivering a Speaker’s Lecture in the House of Commons

I was honored to be asked by the Speaker of the House of Commons to deliver a special lecture in his private residence in the Palace of Westminster. For the past 5 years the Committee I chair in Parliament has been working tirelessly to ensure that tax payers hard earned money is spent properly by the Government and that […]

Goresbrook Coffee Afternoon

  ​ It was great to see so many of you at my recent Coffee Afternoon in Goresbrook. I was very concerned to hear from several residents who are having problems getting an appointment with their local GP. Residents are struggling to get through to reception and the phone line is always engaged. When they finally do get through […]

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