This week Jon Cruddas MP caught up with Nicola Dawn Bullman from Dagenham, the lady responsible for creating the rock gardens in Beam Valley and Beam Parklands. Since lockdown began the rock gardens have been an opportunity for people to come together and leave messages of hope for one another. Many have painted rocks in memory of loved ones lost to the virus.

The full transcript of the speech given by Jon at the Royal Society of the Arts, dated 1st July 2014 and entitled: 'Radical Hope' can be read by clicking here: Jon Cruddas MP - Radical Hope - speech to RSA