This week Jon Cruddas MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust; as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

Issuing his draft budget last week for the entire Greater London Authority Group, Sadiq confirmed that a new additional £49m pot of funding will be made available to the Metropolitan Police over the next year.

Included will be £15m to combat knife crime, £20.1m will be allocated to cover the cost of a two per cent police pay increase in 2018/19. The remaining £13.9m will be made available to the Commissioner to invest in officer numbers and to step up the fight against crime this year and next.

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.

This year the annual Dementia Action Alliance conference was attended by well over 100 members, individuals affected by dementia, and experts in their field across the health and social care sectors. The day was co-chaired by Professor Dawn Brooker of University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies and Tracey Shorthouse a former District Nurse and Living with Dementia.

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.

Over 5,715 people in Dagenham and Rainham saved hundreds of pounds on their energy bills 

New figures released from the Energy Switch Guarantee (ESG) reveal that 13% in Dagenham and Rainham have switched electricity supplier and potentially saved hundreds of pounds during the last year. The Energy Switch Guarantee is a commitment by energy suppliers - from the largest to some of the newest in the market - to make switching simple, speedy and safe and will soon cover 90 percent of the market. 

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!

November marks an important month to discuss and raise awareness on all problems which affect men’s health. Over the last few years this month’s aims have become increasingly important, especially pertaining to mental health.

Organisations such as the Movember Foundation, along with many others use this month to raise awareness on issues such as testicular cancer, where 1 in 20 diagnosed still don’t make it. Prostate cancer, which has a survival rate of 26 per cent if not caught early, and men are also twice as susceptible to melanoma (skin cancer) than women.

Click HERE for the autumn volunteer and campaign newsletter. The volunteer network has come on leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and the community is now more bustling than ever. If you would like to get involved please have a look at the newsletter for more information.