On Wednesday 29th October Jon Cruddas and a small delegation of people took the 10,000 strong petition against the prison plans to Downing Street. The campaign started 18 months ago and Jon Cruddas has said that with the Ministry of Justice still not ruling us out, the fight continues.

Last Thursday Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham held two successive public consultation meetings in Dagenham. The meetings were organised to address the growing local concern around the proposals from the Ministry of Justice to build a 2000 capacity prison facility on the Beam Park site between Dagenham and Rainham. The meetings were a huge success giving local residents the chance to ask Jon questions and explain their concerns for the local area.

The prison campaign continues

It was announced today that four prisons across the country are to close in alignment with the building of a new super-prison in Wales. The 2,000 capacity prison to be built in the Wrexham area is the first part of a massive revamp of HM Prison Service; officials are also looking at many other sites, of which the Beam Park site in Dagenham and Rainham has still not been ruled out.

Following the magnitude of surveys, letters, phone calls and emails that the MP’s office has received regarding the plans to build a prison on the Beam Park site between Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas MP is to hold another public consultation meeting.