On Wednesday 29 April Jon Cruddas MP visited the Dagenham Ford Plant to find out more about their role working with other significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses to produce 15,000 much need medical ventilators in support of the Covid-19 effort. 

Jon was greeted, at a safe physical distance, by convenors and trade union representatives and got to see first-hand the work taking place at the Dagenham factory.

Jon said: “Huge thanks to the union reps and management for showing me around. It is amazing what they have achieved in just a few short weeks. Ford volunteers are working all hours of the day to meet the demand – a huge sacrifice in the national interest.” 

Ford recently announced that they would be taking part in the Ventilator Challenge UK, joining a consortium of companies from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors. They now have 300 Ford volunteers stepping up to produce 400 medical ventilators a day.

Jon added: “I want to put on record my appreciation to all the workers and the company for stepping up in the country’s hour of need. It was a pleasure to visit the plant, and there was a real war time spirit about the place – just like in the war when Dagenham built the munitions to help save the country, so it is today. This is a great credit to Dagenham.”