Secret plans recently leaked to the press have revealed that London Mayor, Boris Johnson intends to close all of the 268 underground and overground ticket offices in London over the next two years. This is bad news for Londoners but could also have a detrimental effect on local commuters.The closures will affect three stations across the area seeing local job losses at Dagenham Heathway, Dagenham East and Elm Park in the Havering side of the constituency. As well as job losses, closures could be detrimental to public safety by putting late night commuters at a higher risk of crime and increased feelings of vulnerability.Jon said: “These proposed closures will seriously impede local commuters, making their journeys more difficult and less safe. Reports suggest that it is not only ticket office staff, but station guards and managers that will lose their jobs as well. “Over the past few years the security has improved and anti-social behaviour has dropped significantly at all of our local stations – however these cuts are set to change that. Older commuters and children will feel vulnerable late at night and there are real concerns about having insufficient staff at the station to deal with emergencies.“The Tory-led coalition government are putting public safety at risk in order to save money which is totally unacceptable. I will be doing everything I can, by raising a petition and writing to Boris Johnson and the TFL to condemn these deplorable and economically damaging cuts.” Fill out the petition form below to join the fight and make your voice heard!

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.” 

On Wednesday 24th of October, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, attended the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” in connection with Macmillan Cancer Support. This event is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event as people all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning where donations can be made. The first Coffee Morning happened in 1990 and comes from a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process.

This week Chancellor Philip Hammond produced his last budget before we exit the European Union. There were plenty of tricks in his Red Box.

Some were good, like his support for the Long Live the Local campaign led by the British Beer and Pub Association, which resulted in a .a freeze on Beer Duty Tax and greater business rate relief for smaller local pubs.

Jon Cruddas MP showed their support for renters in Dagenham and Rainham on Friday 26th October 2018, when they attended the Report Stage & Third Reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill.

The Bill, which was been brought forward by MP Karen Buck, gives renters across the country the right to take their landlord to court over unsafe and poor housing conditions.

Today the Offensive Weapons Bill was discussed in parliament. As part of a Serious Violence Strategy which includes the outlining of a number of new criminal offences such as;

The selling of certain corrosive substances to under-18s, and possessing a corrosive substance in a public place. Current legislation means that there is a defence for possessing a corrosive substance for good reason in a public place.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times for tests that could diagnose bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for these life-saving tests, but every month on average this year a quarter of NHS hospitals in England (28%) were in breach of this target – a clear red flag to the Government that NHS staff are struggling to cope.

Jon Cruddas MP has today pledged their support for the Long Live the Local Campaign to help pubs in Dagenham and Rainham keep their doors open. Jon Cruddas joins the more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 136 in Dagenham and Rainham.

This week, The National Autistic Society launched ‘autism hour week’ across the UK. Ninety-nine per cent of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them.

So, as part of The National Autistic Society’s Too Much Information campaign, they are asking shops and businesses to organize an Autism Hour and take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. 

In October 2012, the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) launched the Right Care: a call to action initiative to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to become a dementia-friendly hospital and work in partnership with the NDAA to achieve this.

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