In September 2018 Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign ‘Calling Time on Crime' as a response to rising violent crime across Dagenham and Rainham. Knife crime has dominated the headlines for the last few months as more young lives have been needlessly lost across London, and more recently right here in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge.

This week Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a welcome boost in the fight against violent crime in across London. 122 officers are being temporarily moved from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command to join the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce.

This week residents of New Cottages, Wennington contacted Jon Cruddas MP regarding parking tickets being issued along Wennington Road. For those who live on Wennington Road, parking options are minimal, so many residents park their cars on land opposite their home. For approximately 25 years, this has never been an issue – until now.

Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Council questioning the sudden change. He also relayed the residents' concerns that the road was becoming hazardous in places due to alternate parking options.

In March Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter to Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth pushing for a consultation on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised encampments. The consultation had been promised by Ministers in 2017 but not delivered.

The government have now launched a 10 week public consultation which started on 5 April and ends on 15 June. The consultation seeks to understand more about the issues around the effectiveness of existing powers to remove unauthorised encampments.