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My Westminster Hall debate on Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Today I called on the Government to do more to raise greater awareness and provide more funding into research for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). These are rare but devastating skin reactions caused by reactions to medicines used by all of us. This includes common anti-epileptic drugs, ibuprofen, anti-HIV drugs. The results […]

Green Bins update

Lots of residents have been contacting me about the future of the green bins in the borough. I have spoken to the council who have explained that the green waste collection is being paused in September whilst they consider whether they will be able to afford to run the green waste service long term without residents […]

Number 5 bus breakthrough

I am delighted that there has been a major breakthrough in my campaign to get the Number 5 bus redirected to Queen’s hospital. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that TFL will launch a consultation on diverting the Number 5 bus to the hospital. I am glad that the Mayor has listened to […]

My Amendment to the Finance Bill

Yesterday my amendment to the Finance Bill was debated and voted on in Parliament. The amendment aimed to help tackle tax havens by installing much needed transparency in the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, home to a number of tax havens. My amendment called on the Chancellor to publish an estimate of extending the UK’s […]

Tackling tax havens

I have tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill to encourage the Government to get tough on tax havens.  The amendment would ensure that the Government uses powers it has used before to insist on public registers of beneficial ownership in the UK’s Overseas Territories. We know from the Panama Leaks that UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas […]

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 […]