2018 has been a whirlwind of a year, and certainly not short of parliamentary drama.

Yet there have also been some real highlights throughout, the most recent of which was my annual Christmas Card Competition. I say it every year but it is the best event my team organise, it’s always lovely to see the winners and runners up from schools across the constituency receiving their prizes. Choosing the card is a particular highlight, and always incredibly difficult!

As the holiday season approaches, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham would like to bring to your attention the Barking and Dagenham Christmas Bin schedule. Please see the charts below for the changes in collection dates for both refuse and recycling:

Refuse actual collection day and Refuse revised collection day:

Normal: Monday 24 December 2018 – Revised: Saturday 22 December 2018

Normal: Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Revised: Thursday 27 December 2018

As the holiday season approaches, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham would like to bring to your attention the Havering Christmas Bin schedule. Collection will run as normal up until and including Monday 24th December 2018. Please see the charts below for the changes in collection dates for refuse:  

Normal collection date and revised collection date:

Normal: Tuesday 25th December 18 – Revised: Thursday 27th December 18

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham held his eighth annual Christmas Card Competition Prize Event earlier today at the old Dagenham Civic Centre, now Coventry University. With the help of this year’s 24 sponsors, the Chamber was transformed with balloons and Christmas music. All the prizes were presented in front of a packed room by Jon Cruddas MP and Father Christmas.

Over the past few weeks Jon’s constituency office has been filling up with thousands of bright, creative and innovative Christmas cards designed by pupils from all over of the constituency. The standard of the cards has improved yet again this year and with such an outstanding array it has taken many days, and night’s deliberation for Jon to finally decide on a winner.

As 2017 draws to a close, it is important to reflect on some of the victories we have shared over the last year across both Dagenham and Rainham - and also where more needs to be done.

In May we fought a snap General Election and I was honoured when the community returned me as your MP with an increased majority.

Since then, supported by over 5,000 residents, we have successfully saved Dagenham police station - a campaign I am particularly proud of.

And, after years of lobbying, it looks like we stand a good chance of saving King George Hospital Accident and Emergency.

Earlier this year Dagenham United Charity organised Easter eggs to be delivered to the 150 children currently living in Butler Court, a homeless hostel in Dagenham. Normally during the festive season the charity organises hampers for struggling residents but this Christmas Councillor Margaret Mullane, one of the Trustees for Dagenham United Charity, is taking it a step further.

On Friday 1st December Jon Cruddas MP held his seventh annual Christmas card competition presentation event at the former Dagenham Civic Centre, now Coventry University London. All of the photo's from the event can be found on Jon's Facebook page: 

Unfortunately due to a parliamentary vote, Jon was unable to attend;

“I was absolutely gutted not to be there but I had to be in Parliament to vote. I hear the cupcakes from Rainham resident Marilyn Lane were delicious!

It’s that time of year again; thousands of local children from 22 of the constituency’s schools have been designing Christmas cards for Jon Cruddas’ annual Christmas Card Competition. 23 businesses have sponsored the competition this year which means that this will be the biggest event ever, and the prizes are huge!

On 31st July Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions along with 30 other Labour MPs requesting a delay in the introduction of Universal Credit. Under the government’s current proposals Universal Credit is due to roll out in Dagenham and Rainham during November and December this year (2017).

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