A focus on healthcare and community services


Health Secretary commits to looking at St George's bid again

Today in parliament Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, committed to working with me to review the bid for a new health centre on the St George’s Hospital site, Hornchurch, after the project was rejected for capital funding by the NHS earlier this week.

Welcoming Harold Wood WI to parliament

Tonight I welcomed the Harold Wood branch of the Women's Institute to parliament as part of their packed social and community calendar. We had the chance first to talk about the WI's work in the community and my role as the branch's local MP, before taking a tour of parliament.

Romford Recorder Column

Some of the hardest cases my team and I have dealt with since my election to parliament last year have concerned constituents who wished to highlight an illness affecting someone precious to them, or a time when a loved one did not receive the care they should have.

Local clergy visit parliament to discuss community services

This afternoon I welcomed a group of clergy to parliament from churches in Cranham, Upminster and Ardleigh Green in order to build a stronger link between our office and the local faith community, enabling them to highlight to us any problems brought to them by parishioners. 

Celebrating Eid in Harold Hill

My team and I had a wonderful time celebrating Eid with members of Harold Hill's Muslim community this afternoon at the Havering and Ilford Scuba Club just off Gooshays Drive. 

Visit to The Learning Centre, Harold Hill

On Friday morning the team and I visited The Learning Centre (TLC), Harold Hill, to meet Mick and Ann-Marie Spence, the dynamic family team behind the company. 

Asking about Isla at PMQs

Some of the trickiest problems we come across relate to getting hold of expensive experimental or relatively new treatments for constituents with rare diseases or illnesses where drug effectiveness has not yet been fully proven.