The electoral drubbing dished out to the BNP by the people of Barking and Dagenham is something for us all to celebrate and be proud of our borough for.

A number of different campaigns were run across the borough led chiefly by the two local Labour MPs in Barking and Dagenham. Also Hope not Hate mobilised thousands of activists to take action with various groups across the local community taking a stand to reject the poisonous politics of the BNP.

Jon Cruddas MP today made the following statement on the Labour Party Leadership Election:

"Since the election many people have urged me to stand for the leadership of the party. I have been humbled by the enthusiasm people have shown for my possible candidacy. I have given it serious thought.

The role of leader is one of the greatest honours imaginable - but it is not a bauble to aspire for. It is a duty to fulfil. I do not feel that I am in a position to deliver on the hopes and expectations that will be placed in the next leader.