Tory Stories

Jon has launched a new website with Chuka Umunna called Tory Stories to expose the record of Tory led local and regional administrations across the country

Six months on

Serving as Member of Parliament for Dagenham is a great privilege and carrying out this role effectively requires an office and staff to ensure that I can keep on helping the thousands of people who contact me each year for help and advice.

Jon Cruddas today welcomed the announcement of the local government funding settlement for 2010/11 for Barking and Dagenham Council. Thanks to lobbying from Jon and the Labour Council, the borough will receive a 3.6% increase in funding while the average for Outer London boroughs will be 2.1%. This is the biggest increase of any London Borough and will help ensure local services are protected.

Jon inspected the first council houses to be built in Barking and Dagenham for twenty five years, on a site visit at Bell Farm Avenue. He is continuing to campaign for the council to get the funding and powers it needs to builds the next generation of council homes for local people.


The final weekend of winter sunshine was the backdrop to a day of action across the new Dagenham & Rainham constituency. Jon Cruddas welcomed activists from the GMB, Unite the Union and London Young Labour to join the local action teams for the "Dagenham500" campaign event.

Barking and Dagenham has been awarded £18.3 million to help meet the demand for primary school places.

Out of all 16 London boroughs who received funding, Barking and Dagenham received the largest slice of the £271 million investment from the Government, allocated nationally, to help provide places for primary school children.