This has been a turbulent year for residents of Dagenham & Rainham, with cuts amounting to £54 million being imposed locally by the Tory-led coalition government. There have been some real trials but we have also seen many triumphs.

In May the local elections saw Labour councillors win all 51 seats in Barking & Dagenham. This clean sweep owed much to the local community, and the campaign was a testament to people power – something I hope will be emulated in next year’s General Election.

On Friday 12th December Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park visited Royal Mail’s Rainham Delivery Office ahead of the festive season. As everyone knows Christmas is the busiest time of year for the postal service, with a three to four per cent rise in letter traffic owing to the massive amount of Christmas cards. The office manager also highlighted that there can be a rise of up to ten per cent in parcel traffic at the sorting office.

Thousands of fantastic entries were submitted to Jon Cruddas MP’s Christmas Card Competition from local schoolchildren across the constituency this year. After much deliberation, Jon was able to choose the winners, and on Friday 5th December he invited them to his presentation event and awarded them their much deserved prizes.

The event was held in the Dagenham Civic Centre and saw an excellent turnout of young winners, parents and guardians, teachers and sponsors from the local business community. 

It’s that time of year again, the MP’s Christmas Card Competition and Jon Cruddas, as with previous years has spent days agonizing over the winning card. Since the cards were collected from the thirteen schools taking part Jon has been up all night surrounded by cards trying to decide upon a winner.

It’s that time of year again and I would like to take this opportunity to wish every family, community and neighbourhood in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. 

I know that for many in the constituency, 2013 was a year of hard times. With government cuts introduced in April, and the cost of living rising above wages my office has been working to make sure people don’t fall through the cracks, helping as many as we can.

Last Friday Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham held his much anticipated Christmas card prize event. With 10 local schools and businesses from all over the constituency, this year was bigger than ever. Over 150 people attended the event, including the 21 school winners and runners up, the two over all runners up and this year’s winner Neda Lajauskaite age 10 from William Bellamy School.

Over the past few weeks, following the success of last years competition, Jon’s constituency office has been filling up with thousands of bright, creative and innovative Christmas cards designed by pupils from all corners of the constituency; Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

 

Whybridge Junior School, on Ford Lane, is hosting 15 volunteers and more than 5,000 boxes of gifts for needy children as part of the Salvation Army’s Operation Christmas Child. This is the second year running that the Rainham based school has teamed up with the charity. 

'Store City' provides sixty food hampers to six children's centers across the borough

This Christmas ‘Store City’, the food bank that operates out of Bethel Church has provided 60 food hampers to six children’s centres across the borough.

 

Breadline Britain: Helping families eat this Christmas

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