On Tuesday 10 March Jon Cruddas MP was joined by campaigners Fay Hough and Trevor McKeever to hand in a 2000 strong petition to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The petition has been running for 18 months and was handed in ahead of the Ministers decision regarding the mass waste incinerator proposals for Belvedere.

The Secretary of State is due to take a decision by Thursday 9 April. Jon Cruddas MP raised concerns about the proposal way back in 2018 and has been campaigning against it ever since.

 

Last week, Havering’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that Mungo Park Surgery based in South Hornchurch Health Centre is due to close. This move will mean that 3,149 local people will now have to travel between 2-4 miles further to see a GP. Last year walk-in services at the Health Centre were dramatically reduced and Jon Cruddas MP has raised his concerns about the decline in local NHS provisions.

 

This week the Planning Inspectorate submitted their recommendations for the Belvedere waste incinerator to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Andrea Leadsom MP now has three months to consider the recommendations and decide whether to accept or reject the proposals.

Jon Cruddas MP has been fighting against the plans since they first came to light. Every report and analysis have stated that a second incinerator on the site would be detrimental to air quality, human health and the environment across Rainham and South Hornchurch.

 

This week damning data obtained by the BBC revealed that knife crime has almost doubled across Havering since 2016. The data shows that over the last 12 months there were 13.2 reported knife crimes per 10,000 people in Havering.

A report from the Community Safety Partnership in Barking and Dagenham also highlighted that in the 12 months leading up to June 2019 serious youth violence had increased by 40.7% and knife crime by 17% on the previous period.

 

Today campaigners at the High Court lost a legal battle against the government’s handling of the rise in the women’s state pension age. The application to the court addressed matters arising from the government policy of equalisation of the pension ages and its impact on women born in the 1950s.

 

Saturday 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day and Jon Cruddas MP is Joining Alzheimer’s Research UK to call for greater awareness of dementia and the need for more research. The announcement comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day as the charity launches a major new awareness campaign fronted by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Today (10/09/2019) is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the services available to people at risk of suicide - and to encourage people to talk and listen to friends and family who may be going through a tough patch.

Jon Cruddas MP is a longstanding supporter of mental health charities and campaigns such as Time to Talk and Movember. Earlier this year Jon contributed to a parliamentary debate on mental health in the workplace, highlighting the best practice of companies such as Ford.

 

Following a ‘sleight of hand’ robbery which took place on Sunday 4 August at the Upminster Costa Coffee franchise, a 16-year-old member of staff from Dagenham was allegedly told to pay back £280 which was lost as a result of the theft.

In November 2016, five-year old Alex Malcolm was murdered by his mother’s partner while on a walk in Catford. Lily Breha, Alex’s mother, had no knowledge that her partner Marvyn Iheanacho had an extensive history of domestic violence, including attacks on five previous partners.

In London, domestic abuse now accounts for one in ten of all offences. And with three in ten survivors of domestic abuse repeat victims, it is essential that tougher action is taken to protect survivors and their children from these vile acts.

 

This week is national volunteers’ week 2019, a week to recognise and say thank you to the huge contribution volunteers make across sectors in society.

Since 2013 Jon Cruddas MP has run a volunteer network which is now made up of over 600 local residents acting as an early warning system for issues and concerns across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon launched the network with the notion of having a volunteer on every street. 

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