This month’s General Election result in Dagenham and Rainham was a resounding victory for Labour in the constituency, which saw the collapse of UKIP. Whilst the majority slightly decreased, the share of the vote which Jon Cruddas claimed was an increase of 8.7 per cent. GE2017 recorded the highest voter turnout since the constituency was newly formed in 2010.

Result as follows:

There has been increased concern regarding inadequate access to GP’s in the Barking, Dagenham and Havering areas. According to a recent press report the borough or Barking and Dagenham has been ranked the third worst place to see a GP in London, and the fourth worst in the country - a position that Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is eager to see change.  This is due in part to an ageing GP workforce, which leads to frequent retirements, as well as a lack of affordable new doctors, and an underfunded Primary Care Trust.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) have launched a campaign, Dying to Work, that aims to protect the jobs of the terminally ill.  The Equality Act 2010 does not currently prevent employers from dismissing those with a terminal diagnosis if they fail a capability assessment that has been ‘reasonably’ adjusted. 

In September 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) required improvement.  The Trust is responsible for delivering integrated community and mental health services for Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Waltham Forest also including parts of Essex.  With just 6,000 staff they care for a total of 2.5 million people.

In the four years since the pharmaceutical company Sanofi left its former manufacturing site across from Dagenham East Station, significant efforts have been made to regenerate the area and bring in new businesses and services. These regeneration projects serve to provide new employment opportunities for residents in the Dagenham area, and help to shed a positive light on the borough.

On Wednesday 29th of March, day three of Autism Awareness Week Jon Cruddas MP hosted a coffee morning at Londoneast-UK, Dagenham East. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. 1 in 100 people in the UK have a diagnosis of autism.

On Monday 27th of March, day one of Autism Awareness Week, Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited DABD in Dagenham to find out more about their services and why they play a vital role in our community. People may face barriers in life for several reasons – whether it’s disability (physical and sensory), unemployment, poverty, isolation, poor health and lack of work or training. DABD want to break down the barriers that can prevent people from living the life they would choose and encourage them to be as independent as they want to be.

Earlier this week, a constituent contacted Jon about a fantastic opportunity for young students to express themselves and tap into their creativity by entering a writing competition entitled the Agboola Award for Creative Writing in Schools. This award encourages students to engage in the world of story-telling and allows them a chance to be inspired both by the world around them, and their own personal imaginations.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local schools in the Dagenham and Rainham area to participate in the Speaker’s School Council Awards- an awards program that seeks to celebrate school council projects that have made a positive impact in their schools and local communities. This award is run by Parliament’s Education Service on behalf of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. Jon Bercow MP, and offers schools the unique opportunity to highlight what makes their student councils great, while encouraging democracy and teamwork within the councils themselves.

The office of Jon Cruddas MP is excited to announce that one of its star volunteers, Janis Cottee, will be participating in a webinar for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health this upcoming Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 from 12:00 – 13:00 in honour of World Delirium Day.

Janis, who has gone from strength to strength at Jon’s office, has also been invited to speak at numerous public events on the subject of dementia over the last few years – relaying her own personal story.

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