The Chair of one of Parliament’s most well-known committees and potential London Mayoral Candidate Margaret Hodge MP was guest speaker at a dinner held for local Labour Candidate Bilal Mahmood. The dinner was attended by over fifty local residents, including many non-party members.
Many local residents attended an evening at Highams Park’s La Trevi restaurant on Larkshall Road to hear from Margaret Hodge on her duties as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. Organised by the local Labour Party, Mrs Hodge spent the evening focusing on how she has taken on large corporations on their tax avoidance, and parts of government where the cross-party committee is concerned members of the public weren’t receiving ‘value for money.’
Margaret Hodge said “right now everyone’s talking about the defecit or about putting more money into the system. No one’s really talking about the public getting a fair deal or value for their money. That’s something that I think everyone would like to hear more about from politicians.”
During the evening, the Chair of the PAC talked about what she and her colleagues on the committee (which included members from all the three main political parties) were taking evidence from experts on tax avoidance, Ebola, Universal Credit and MPs expenses.
Bilal Mahmood, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate, said “We’re really thrilled to have hosted Margaret. It’s also quite remarkable to see meet people who aren’t members of the Labour Party, but were keen to meet Margaret because of her work taking on large corporations and their attempts to avoid tax. She spent a Friday night talking about the tax system on a Friday, and enthralled the entire room with her stories. But she also spent time talking about how it’s a join effort, working with Conservative colleagues.”