Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers across Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Jon Cruddas' June column for the Barking and Dagenham Post and Romford Recorder. Published the week commencing Monday 11 June.

I don't think I can ever recall a more divided Government than the current Tory one - with Cabinet members routinely stabbing each other in the front, and the back.

The Brexit debate does throw up strong emotions, but most people in communities like ours just want to get on with it.

Jon Cruddas regularly writes a column for the Barking and Dagenham Post. This month Jon spoke about the new jobs coming to the Dagenham Ford Factory.

Last week the Government announced their budget for the 2014/15 financial year. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas responded to the budget finding a lack of substance that would help people in Dagenham and Rainham.  

Jon Cruddas MP said “We needed a budget that would tackle the cost –of – living crisis which has left many people in Dagenham and Rainham worse off.  

I hear from my constituents in Dagenham and Rainham every day how they are struggling with increased energy, transport and housing costs.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2013 was 3,097. This represents a rate of 6.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 139th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

Two weeks ago I was shocked and outraged at the release of the most recent unemployment figures that show that joblessness has risen to an unprecedented level of 2.67 million- the highest it has been in 17 years. In just three months this figure has gone up by 48,000.

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