Reflections on my first six months - Romford Recorder interview

After securing 60pc of the vote, and a majority of more than 17,000, Julia Lopez was elected as Hornchurch and Upminster’s new MP at the 2017 General Election. Since then, Ms Lopez has been busy with balancing her time between Westminster, and her constituency office in the borough.

Coopers Coborn lead the way in STEM

Today the team and I visited the Coopers' Company and Coborn School in Upminster to meet Nick, the school's STEM lead. Nick is pioneering an ambitious, inspirational plan to make Havering a leading place for science, engineering and tech learning.

Raising Havering's raw deal with Minister

Today, Andrew Rosindell and I took Havering’s Leader, Cllr Roger Ramsey and Chief Executive, Andrew Blake-Herbert, to meet new Local Government Minister, Rishi Sunak, and highlight to him the borough’s raw deal when it comes to our grant from central government.

Hornchurch Jobcentre finds new work in Romford

Back in July, I was contacted by the Minister’s team to advise me that after a six month consultation, the Jobcentre in Hornchurch would be closed and the team moved into the Romford Jobcentre. This was part of the DWP’s plan to make its Jobcentre service more efficient.

Disability Confident Scheme

​​​​​​I made the following contribution to a debate on the Disability Confident Programme, tabled by my Scottish Conservative colleague, Luke Graham. I took the opportunity to raise two constituency cases of young, talented jobseekers with autism.

Trade Bill

I made the following contribution to the Trade Bill which is intended to enable the UK to replicate current trade agreements that the UK is party to as a member of the European Union, following Brexit. It would also set up a Trade Remedies Authority to advise the Government on trade disputes.

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill

I made the following contribution to the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, better known as the Customs Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to allow the Government to create a functioning customs, VAT and excise regime for the UK after Brexit.

Romford Recorder column - January 2018

The dawning of 2018 marks our final fifteen months of EU membership, and MPs’ first weeks back in parliament will see debates on the Customs Bill and the Trade Bill - legislation designed to give the UK our own customs and excise regime and to rollover trade deals to which we are currently party

Christmas transport update

I've been sent a couple of emails from TfL and London Overground about works taking place over Christmas that might affect constituents. I've pasted the relevant bits below. 

London Overground

Sunday 23 – Monday 1 January