This week a young resident from the neighbouring constituency of Barking contacted Jon Cruddas MP to share their story and seek support with their fundraising project. Amy Forrester sadly lost her father Steven to Covid-19 on April 6th 2020, he was aged 62 and left behind a father, brother, wife and four children. 

He was passionate about open spaces, the environment, and his local community. To that end his youngest daughter Amy has set up a gofundme page, with the aim of raising money to restore and improve the play area at Parsloes Park in her father’s memory.

Last year Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council along with Jon Cruddas MP planted an oak tree and plaque to commemorate those killed as a result of an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works, Ferry Lane in 1916. The incident claimed the lives of seven men and wasn’t reported at the time because the factory was making munitions for the war effort.

Saturday 28th April 2018 is International Workers Memorial Day.  Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council will be planting a tree on the green, opposite Rainham Library highlighting a forgotten tragic event which caused injury to many local people and stole the lives of seven men working at The JC and J Fields Factory, a former soap manufacturer, which had been rented by Rainham Chemical Works and housed several volatile chemicals. 

This week Jon Cruddas MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust; as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.