During the recent Labour Party conference Jon Cruddas MP expressed his support for a Friends of the Earth campaign to help London schools save thousands of pounds by installing solar power.

Friends of the Earth estimates that schools could each save up to £8000 per year by going solar – more money to spend on libraries, playgrounds and trips. They would also help to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions, and provide an opportunity for children to learn about clean energy.

In a new short video published on The Guardian, John Harris samples the aftershocks of Scotland's vote to reject independence, and a passionate new politics that wants to take back power from Westminster. Follow the link below to watch the video.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2014/sep/23/britain-after-scotland-independence-referendum-political-future-video

Education is a huge issue which over the last few months has become increasingly important locally. With the rising need for more school places, the fight against academies and the recent teacher strikes, it is important that residents, parents and teachers get their say and are given a chance to understand the issues in more depth.

The Angling Trust has cranked up the pressure to save the UK's threatened bass stocks with a hard-hitting briefing calling for immediate parliamentary action, which is being sent to all MPs this week.

Patients and local residents are being invited to attend three 'listening events' hosted by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and the national consumer champion for health and social care, Healthwatch.

The listening events, which will take place in September and October across Barking, Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, are being held so that local people can raise issues and put their questions to Trust staff.

The ‘Bedroom Tax’ is a policy which Jon Cruddas MP, along with his fellow Labour MPs, has been in strong opposition to since its introduction back in 2013. Since then Jon has been campaigning against the socially damaging policy across Dagenham and Rainham in the hope of highlighting its unjust impact on the local area.

Tesco have recently been in touch with Jon Cruddas MP regarding their current job vacancies. They are looking for experienced drivers who are ‘willing to roll up their sleeves and get things done’. The positions are on full-time permanent contracts and applicants are required to hold a C + E license with no restrictions. The job pays £30-£34k per annum with premiums paid for unsociable working hours and time and a half for Bank Holidays/overtime.

A recent publication has shown cancer survival rates in the UK to be low in comparison to neighbouring countries in Europe. The average one-year survival rate for the UK is 68 per cent, as a country with a long established and respectable National Health Service these statistics are not as good as they should be. At the moment, the UK lags far behind its international and European neighbours in cancer survival. By 2020, almost half of people will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime.

Over the past few weeks constituents have been raising their concerns, and voicing their outrage regarding the recent announcement by Transport for London and the government to increase rail fares in January next year. Many Londoners are already struggling to make ends meet and this is another increase to their already high cost of living.

The results for A Level and GCSE students in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park are now in. There has been a resounding success across the local area with young people acheiveing better results than last year.

Local MP Jon Cruddas was very pleased to hear the news and commented: “I would like to extend a massive congratulations to all of the students that received their A-Level and GCSE results over the last two weeks. From what I see the pass rates have been fantastic, showing a marked improvement on previous years.

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