Primary school teacher Luan Goldie has released her debut novel with a major publisher. Acclaimed for her short stories, she talks about the borough, what's good about it and what she'd like to see change.
I've been campaigning for more investment in local policing for the last 10 months, so I welcome the prime ministers commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers - replacing the 21,000 that have been lost due to government cuts over the last nine years.
With schools out for summer, there's loads on offer for young people and families here in Barking and Dagenham. There are events and activities across the borough - there truly is something for everyone.
The Young Londoners Fund has been set up by City Hall in the wake of swingeing government cuts to youth services, to help children and young people to fulfil their potential- particularly those most at risk of getting caught up in crime.
Residents that keep up to date with my work in the constituency may have seen that since September I have been campaigning to 'Protect Rainham's Air' - fighting against plans to build a second huge waste incinerator on the banks of the Thames opposite Dagenham Ford.