On Wednesday 16th January, Barking and Dagenham held the first ever East BCU (Borough Command Unit) Serious Violence Summit. The summit was attended by 240 people which included police officers, trauma surgeons, charity representatives, councillors from across the tri-borough area, victims of violent crime and many more.

Deputy Mayor of Policing and Crime Sophie Linden addressed the summit at the start of the day announcing a harrowing fact – Metropolitan Police numbers have fallen under 30,000 officers at a time when crime is rising.

Jon Cruddas MP was recently contacted by the People’s Health Trust delivering the news that £18,595 in grant funding has been awarded to Young Stars Football First and their ‘Beam Park Walking Football’ project. The project engages with older people living in the Beam Park area of Dagenham and gets them involved in slow paced recreational exercise and social activities.

At the beginning of January 2019 Jon Cruddas MP met with bosses at C2C/Trenitalia. Communication between both the MP and the train company has always been fantastic, with many positive outcomes over the past few years.

The Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust (HAHT) have launched a campaign to establish a permanent home to remember and commemorate RAF Hornchurch and the Hornchurch Aerodrome. RAF Hornchurch played a crucial role in the defence of London across two World Wars.

Bellway Homes, currently developing the site which encompasses the old St Georges Hospital have kindly gifted Sutton’s House to the HAHT which means that the organisation are one step closer to achieving their goal.

Land & Water (an environmental company, passionate about caring for The UK’s coastline and the nation’s network of rivers, streams, wetlands and waterways) gained consent this week, for developing a Habitat Creation Scheme on the River Thames at Rainham Marshes. This will be the largest habitat creation project ever constructed inside the M25.

The project will involve creating a significant area of new wetland habitat from re-engineered spoils, coupled with a strategic investment in riverside infrastructure to support along the Thames Corridor for decades to come.

Fay Hough, Havering Coordinator for Jon Cruddas MP, attended a meeting on Tuesday 4th December 2018 regarding ongoing issues in Wennington Village. One of the issues raised was the notorious fly tipping happening on a weekly basis down East Hall Lane that has caused huge amounts of stress to residents who use this lane daily. Alongside the issue of fly tipping, concerns were raised regarding the general cleanliness of Wennington. Less than twenty-four hours after the meeting a response was issued.

Every year, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham marks International Day of Disabled People (IDDP). It is an important day when people come together to celebrate people with disabilities and the organizations which champion them. This year there will be a celebration of the contributions made by disabled people to life in Barking and Dagenham. This event will take place on Monday 3rd December 2018, from 1.00pm to 8.30pm, at the Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club, on Victoria Road in Dagenham RM10 7XL.

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.

This week Cory Environmental Holdings Limited are submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate to build a ‘Riverside Energy Park’ in Belvedere, Bexley. The facility will produce over 96 megawatts of electricity through the mass incineration of waste. Due to the scale of the proposal the final decision will be taken by the Secretary of State.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has launched a petition against the plans which will undoubtedly have a severe impact on air quality in his constituency, particularly Rainham and the Beam Park development area.

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by numerous woman who are set to be affected by accelerated changes to women’s state pension age. Jon has supported the WASPI campaign from the beginning, and last year the local MP wrote out to thousands of women born in the 1950s who are s­­­et to be effected by the government’s shambolic handling of the ‘equalisation of state pension age’.  

Jon commented:“The decision to accelerate the transition period pulled the rug out from under thousands of women’s feet leaving them little time to plan for their new circumstances.” 

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