Earlier this week as part of George Osborne’s spending review, it was announced that nine new prisons would be built in England and Wales to replace the country’s Victorian jails. The modernisation of the prison estate will save an estimated £80m a year in reduced costs claims the Shadow Chancellor.

The plan is to sell the sites in order to build thousands of much-needed new homes. It is predicted that more than 3,000 properties could be built on the city centre sites of the old prisons.

On Wednesday 29th October Jon Cruddas and a small delegation of people took the 10,000 strong petition against the prison plans to Downing Street. The campaign started 18 months ago and Jon Cruddas has said that with the Ministry of Justice still not ruling us out, the fight continues.

On Wednesday 27th November, Jon Cruddas MP was joined by local ward councillors and a delegation of local residents in order to present the 10,000 strong petition against the prison proposals at City Hall.

On Wednesday 29th October Jon Cruddas and a small delegation of people took the 10,000 strong petition against the prison plans to Downing Street. The campaign started 18 months ago and Jon Cruddas has said that with the Ministry of Justice still not ruling us out, the fight continues.

Last Thursday Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham held two successive public consultation meetings in Dagenham. The meetings were organised to address the growing local concern around the proposals from the Ministry of Justice to build a 2000 capacity prison facility on the Beam Park site between Dagenham and Rainham. The meetings were a huge success giving local residents the chance to ask Jon questions and explain their concerns for the local area.

The prison campaign continues

It was announced today that four prisons across the country are to close in alignment with the building of a new super-prison in Wales. The 2,000 capacity prison to be built in the Wrexham area is the first part of a massive revamp of HM Prison Service; officials are also looking at many other sites, of which the Beam Park site in Dagenham and Rainham has still not been ruled out.

Following the magnitude of surveys, letters, phone calls and emails that the MP’s office has received regarding the plans to build a prison on the Beam Park site between Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas MP is to hold another public consultation meeting.

The Rainham Rally

Over the past couple of months local MP Jon Cruddas’s campaign to fight against the prison proposals for Dagenham and Rainham has attracted a lot of local support. With signatures on the petitions ranking in the thousands and the success of the Rainham rally last Saturday it is time to move the campaign forward.

Over the past couple of months local MP Jon Cruddas’s campaign to fight against the prison proposals for Dagenham and Rainham has attracted a lot of local support. With signatures on the petitions ranking in the thousands it is time to move the campaign forward.

 

Jon Cruddas MP mobilises Dagenham and Rainham against the prison plans

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