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.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has slammed Ministers for their latest approach to the violent crime crisis which is set to shift the responsibility for funding police resources to local government.  The Treasury and the Home Office have agreed to double the amount that councils can add to council tax bills to pay for policing from £1 per month to £2 per month. 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham pledged his support for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) #SaveOurPostOffice campaign. The campaign was launched by the CWU to halt the ‘franchising’ of 74 Crown Post Offices to WHSmith. If the move takes place it will mean 60 per cent of the Crown Network which existed in 2013 will be gone following years of incremental privatisation.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the launch of a new initiative which will double the street outreach team and prepare severe weather shelters to open London-wide whenever freezing temperatures are forecast in a bid to help rough sleepers in the capital. Alongside this contactless donation points have been set up across London offering Londoners the chance to donate to homeless charity projects directly.

November is an important time of the year, deemed Men’s Health Awareness Month, to take a moment to discuss and raise awareness regarding men’s health. Over the past few years this month’s aims have become increasing more important and vital to the wellbeing of the constituency.

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.

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.

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