Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, was pleased to attend the Universal Peace Foundation’s Youth Achievement Awards 2016 honouring young leaders at an event in Parliament last month. He was very grateful to have the opportunity to honour his constituent Natasha Doughty and other young achievers that well deserved recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Polling Day is imminent and the people of the United Kingdom are about to take the biggest decision in a generation regarding the country’s membership of the European Union. Local MP Jon Cruddas has a long history of consulting residents on issues that stand to have a substantial impact on the local area and the EU referendum was no different. Over the last month teams of volunteers have been busy delivering a consultation survey to around 20,000 homes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park, equating to roughly half of the households in the constituency.

Havering council alongside Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust have suggested that the centralisation of sexual health services for the three boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge at Barking Hospital would be a positive move forward for sexual healthcare, increasing efficiency and quality of service.

The Port of London Authority recently launched a campaign as part of the Cleaner Thames Campaign where artist Michelle Reader created a sculpture made of litter to highlight the amount of dumped rubbish found in the Thames. Experts from the Royal Holloway University of London had conducted extensive research to find that 75% of Thames Flounder fish had consumed plastic. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas actively advocated his support.

On 20th April Jon Cruddas MP attended a parliamentary reception organised by Cancer52, a coalition of more than 80 charities representing rare and less common cancers. The reception was hosted and addressed by Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC), John Baron MP.

MP JOINS THAMES WATER’S FIGHT AGAINST FATBERGS

  • MP joins forces with Thames Water to raise awareness of sewer blockage
  • Demonstration proves “flushable” wipes don’t degrade in sewers, with only the three Ps flushable: poo, pee and toilet paper
  • 3,452 blockages cleared from Dagenham and Rainham sewers in last three years while 13 properties have been flooded with sewage

After 18 months of campaigning, which included a survey to all 30,000 households in Dagenham, over 4,000 petition signatures, 33 video testimonies from members of the public, and a candle lit vigil which attracted over 400 local residents – the future of the iconic Dagenham Civic Centre is one step from being secured.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2016 was 1,608. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 181st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 1,406 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 202 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in February 2016 was 1,629. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 176th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 1,460 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 169 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

Back in 2013 the residents of Wennington Village contacted Jon Cruddas MP raising their concerns about proposals to establish a mineral extraction site on land adjacent to Wennington Hall Farm. At the time Jon met with residents and the council; supporting the people of Wennington Jon Cruddas said: “I am firmly against these plans as it is the overwhelming sense from residents that if these plans are given the go ahead that Wennington will change out of all recognition.”

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