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.

On Wednesday 27th November, Jon Cruddas MP was joined by local ward councillors and a delegation of local residents in order to present the 10,000 strong petition against the prison proposals at City Hall.
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.
The project will look to provide raised beds, planters, fruit trees and much more in a designated area of the estate. The object is to provide the children with hands on and fun experience of sustainability.
The latest statistics are very positive and could mark a turning point in the local economy. This month Dagenham and Rainham has the lowest rate of claimants since 2010. However there is still work to be done.
Since 2012 Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been in discussion about how to bring together all of the council, voluntary and faith organisations in the borough to pool resources and find ways to make services more easily accessible to the local community. On Friday 11th October ‘BanD Together’ (Barking and Dagenham Together) was launched.
Since 2012 Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been in discussion about how to bring together all of the council, voluntary and faith organisations in the borough. On Friday 11th October ‘BanD Together’ (Barking and Dagenham Together) was launched.

The prison campaign continues

It was announced today that four prisons across the country are to close in alignment with the building of a new super-prison in Wales. The 2,000 capacity prison to be built in the Wrexham area is the first part of a massive revamp of HM Prison Service; officials are also looking at many other sites, of which the Beam Park site in Dagenham and Rainham has still not been ruled out.

Following the magnitude of surveys, letters, phone calls and emails that the MP’s office has received regarding the plans to build a prison on the Beam Park site between Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas MP is to hold another public consultation meeting.

It’s GCSE results day for pupils across the constituency. Today students will receive eagerly awaited envelopes containing their hard earned grades – schools will be opening for the morning to allow students to collect their results.

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