Jon Cruddas used an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons to thank everyone involved in the successful campaign to stop the prison in Dagenham. Jon spoke in detail about the campaign to stop the prison and highlighted the key steps over the year. A number of questions were raised about the silence of the Mayor of London's role in this affair. Jon summed up the debate by saying,

Friday was a great day for Dagenham; the Government announced they would not be building a Prison in Beam Park. As a Council Leader and a local parent I always knew that this was the wrong thing for us. The first part of our campaign has now ended, 15,000 people signed our petition and together we showed the Government that the people of Dagenham didn't want a prison here and that we were prepared to fight it all the way.

Prison plan crushed

Plans to dump a 1,500 place Prison on Dagenham have been thrown out by the government after a massive local campaign against it.

Thousands of local people have come together to support Jon Cruddas MP in getting Jack Straw to change his mind over the plans. Jon welcomed the news and has sent messages out to everyone who has helped saying "It wouldn't have happened without you!"

London's popular local police teams are under threat after Mayor Boris Johnson forced through budget cuts which will mean 455 fewer police officers across the capital.

Labour's Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been delivered for every ward in London. At the core of each team is a sergeant, two constables and three police community support officers (PCSOs).


Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Health Secretary has launched to outline Labour's health campaign.

The "Target Cancer" campaign aims to save up to 10,000 lives by backing a pledge to create a new NHS guarantee of cancer diagnosis within one week of GP referral, allowing patients to be tested and told their results in just seven days.


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.