Green spaces are at the heart of every community. They represent a space where people have precedence, a space where they are free from cars and concrete, where the eye is drawn to trees and skylines, not concrete and glass. A safe space for children to play, families to congregate, converse and communities to learn about each other.

First published on 24/07/2016 in the Financial Times, the latest article by Jon Cruddas MP can be found by clicking HERE

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The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2016 was 1,543. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 182nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

This includes 1,247 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 296 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

Universal Basic Income?Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham said: "There is a lot of discussion at present about setting up a universal basic income. This is fast becoming orthodox thinking on the left. I do not agree with the idea. I think it is a horrendous surrender of what the left is about, giving in to a political contest around the character of work."You can listen to the arguments, including a short comment from Jon Cruddas MP via BBCR4 here: http://bbc.in/29AZTIsJon would be very interested to here what people think on this issue - please take a moment to fill in the survey and comment below.
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Jon Cruddas, the MP for Dagenham & Rainham, has opposed government plans to cut funding for Fire and Rescue Services by 20%. A passionate supporter of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Jon is concerned that the cuts will compromise the capacity of hardworking firefighters to provide lifesaving 24/7 emergency services for a wide range of hazards.

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.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has demonstrated his support for women with breast cancer by becoming a parliamentary ambassador for leading charity Breast Cancer Now.

Jon joins 200 MPs across the country who are pledging their support to Breast Cancer Now – the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – to remind fellow politicians and constituents alike that breast cancer is not a ‘done deal’ and that immediate action must be taken to stop the disease taking lives.