On Thursday 16th August the Planning Committee at Havering Council will decide the fate of Dover’s Green, a cherished community space in the heart of South Hornchurch. This is the third time a developer has attempted to concrete over the area at the behest of Havering Council, and the third time that the community has come together with the support of Jon Cruddas MP to oppose the plans.

Jon Cruddas MP has thrown his support behind Andy Walker’s cross-party campaign for an increase in critical care beds in local hospitals. Queen’s and King George’s Hospitals are both in desperate need for more adult critical care beds. A recent FOI has suggested that there are currently too few beds which is having a negative impact on mortality rates and better quality recoveries. Critical care beds are needed not only for operations, but they are also essential to treat a range of conditions where there needs to be organ support.

An organisation established to campaign against cuts to school funding; School Cuts have launched a petition calling on Damien Hinds to properly fund SEND provision in all schools and colleges.

The petition explains that according to the Department for Education’s own figures, more than 2,000 children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have no education provision at all.

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has co-signed a letter calling for better fire safety and to ensure all tower blocks are liveable. The full text of the letter can be found HERE. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire last June, the government said “we cannot and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes” however not enough has been done for residents of tower blocks.

This week Jon Cruddas MP was one of over 100 MPs that co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging action on the ‘unscrupulous contract changes’ announced by Sainsbury’s in March. The changes being proposed would see some employees receive a welcome pay rise, whilst 10 per cent of staff would suffer a staggering loss in wages of up to £3,000 per year.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has praised new powers for TfL to crack down on illegal taxi and private hire activity and enhance passenger safety. These new powers are part of the Mayor of London’s Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, which will drive up standards, boost the quality of service for Londoners and will help deliver the greenest taxi fleet in the world.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for 2018 is ‘stress’. A recent survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation, found that almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has thrown his support behind a number of mental health awareness campaigns over the last few years including; Time to Talk, Movember and many more.

There are over 45,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year in the UK. Just over 11,000 of those cases result in fatality. The ‘March for Men’ was established by Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for crucial research. The charity are investing heavily in research that'll change the game for men, meaning better diagnosis, better treatment and better prospects after treatment.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local residents to get involved with the fundraising by registering and taking part in the annual ‘March for Men’ event in June. Full details are as follows:

Saturday 28th April 2018 is International Workers Memorial Day.  Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council will be planting a tree on the green, opposite Rainham Library highlighting a forgotten tragic event which caused injury to many local people and stole the lives of seven men working at The JC and J Fields Factory, a former soap manufacturer, which had been rented by Rainham Chemical Works and housed several volatile chemicals. 

You may have seen my column in February calling out Romford MP Andrew Rosindell for sharing appalling right wing material on social media in an assault on London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The Tories in the Town Hall are following in their MP’s footsteps, and are being called out by the national media, and MPs from their own party.

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