In April Jon Cruddas MP and Abena Oppong-Asare MP sent a joint letter to Sadiq Khan, urging him to launch a Judicial Review into the Government’s approval of a second waste incinerator in Belvedere. On Thursday 21 May, the deadline for a legal challenge, the Mayor of London tweeted: 

“London does not need more waste-burning incinerators. I have challenged the Secretary of State’s decision on the Cory Incinerator & have issued a claim to the planning court requesting a judicial review of that decision. We need to build the greener future our city deserves.”

 

The Government have announced that they will be paying £60,000 to families of NHS workers and social care staff who die from coronavirus. This comes after a cross-party campaign was launched by Layla Moran MP and backed by over 70 Members of Parliament. Jon Cruddas MP backed the campaign calling it “a needed move for those heroes putting their lives on the line.

 

After writing to the Secretary of State recently to support the Barking and Dagenham Post and Romford Recorder Jon Cruddas MP has now joined a wider campaign, asking that government support local and independent media through an increased share of public health communications spending. 

The letter has been backed by 40 other MPs from across Parliament, including former Cabinet ministers and shadow ministers, and highlights the importance of local press in communicating trustworthy information and the financial strain faced by local journalists in light of the coronavirus.

 

Over Easter the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy took the decision to approve development of a second mass waste incinerator at Belvedere. Jon Cruddas MP who launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018, making official representations and raising a petition of over 2000 local signatories has said: “we knew going into this fight that waste incineration has more than doubled under the Tories, it was always going to be an uphill struggle.”

 

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.

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