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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 […]

Happy Christmas!

I want to wish all my constituents a very happy Christmas! 2015 has been a busy year, and I will not be taking my foot of the pedal in 2016. I will be pushing for better local health care services and continue my fight to get the number 5 bus diverted to Queen’s Hospital. I hope […]

Visiting the new Goresbrook School

I was so pleased to recently have the chance to visit the new Goresbrook School. We are in desperate need of more school places in Barking and Dagenham, so it was brilliant to see new buildings under construction and speak to the headteacher, Clare Darley, about the school’s plans for the future. I was pleased […]

Air Strikes in Syria

Over the last few weeks I have been inundated with emails and calls from local residents about the vote to launch air strikes in Syria against Daesh. This  has been one of the most challenging decisions I have had to make as an MP. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have […]