Update on Dagenham Ford

On Thursday 8th November Jon Cruddas, the local MP for Dagenham and Rainham met with Joe Greenwell, the Chairman of Ford Britain in order to express the many local concerns regarding the recent decision to cut jobs in the area. After the shocking announcement about the Dagenham Ford stamping plant and toolroom, Jon emphasized that many families in the area are worried because they are either employed by Ford directly or they have businesses that rely on trade generated from the plant.

Jon also raised the concerns with the chairman regarding the impact in the local community, and the pressing issues that the job losses will pose for future generations in Dagenham and Rainham.

Jon commented: “I am taking up the issues with the highest level of the Ford motor company. I will be having further meetings with the executives over the future of the land, support and re-deployment for the workers, and ultimately I will be doing everything in my power to make sure that the job losses do not damage job opportunities for young people in future generations.”

Ford has extracted benefits from this area of East London for nearly 100 years, so it is hoped that they will use the recent actions of Sanofi Aventis as an example, releasing the land for regeneration after taking an active role in decontaminating and cleaning the area.

Jon is doing all he can to ease the blow to the local economy. He has brought these concerns to the attention of people at the highest levels in Ford Britain and is currently waiting for a response regarding the future of the site.