On Friday 1st December Jon Cruddas MP held his seventh annual Christmas card competition presentation event at the former Dagenham Civic Centre, now Coventry University London. All of the photo's from the event can be found on Jon's Facebook page: 

Unfortunately due to a parliamentary vote, Jon was unable to attend;

“I was absolutely gutted not to be there but I had to be in Parliament to vote. I hear the cupcakes from Rainham resident Marilyn Lane were delicious!

It’s that time of year again; thousands of local children from 22 of the constituency’s schools have been designing Christmas cards for Jon Cruddas’ annual Christmas Card Competition. 23 businesses have sponsored the competition this year which means that this will be the biggest event ever, and the prizes are huge!

The police front counter at Rainham Tesco has been earmarked for closure as part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime ‘Public Access Strategy’, this would mean that the nearest police station for Rainham residents to report crime will be Romford.

A 25 minute drive without traffic, or approx. 55 minutes by public transport.

November marks an important month to discuss and raise awareness on all problems which affect men’s health. Over the last few years this month’s aims have become increasingly important, especially pertaining to mental health.

Organisations such as the Movember Foundation, along with many others use this month to raise awareness on issues such as testicular cancer, where 1 in 20 diagnosed still don’t make it. Prostate cancer, which has a survival rate of 26 per cent if not caught early, and men are also twice as susceptible to melanoma (skin cancer) than women.

Click HERE for the autumn volunteer and campaign newsletter. The volunteer network has come on leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and the community is now more bustling than ever. If you would like to get involved please have a look at the newsletter for more information. 

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TFL are proposing to make changes to how bus route 372 serves Rainham Station in a bid to try and improve the interchange for passengers arriving or boarding at Rainham Station. They propose to reroute the 372 via Rainham Station eastbound only.

From Broadway, it would operate via Old Station Lane, Celtic Farm Road and Ferry Lane, returning to the line of route on Wennington Road. The bus stop on Wennington Road would no longer be served. However, the stop on Celtic Farm Road would replace this. TFL have informed commuters that their journey time would increase slightly.

On Monday 23rd October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their service through Rainham. After an extensive consultation earlier in the year, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the train operator.

Wellgate Community Farm recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP and has called for the support of the local community to help win funding for the Aviva Community Fund 2017. This opportunity could make a big difference to local projects and bring a positive change.

The Farm hopes to collect as many votes to increase their chances of funding of up to £5,000 which will allow them to purchase a horse and cart to improve their educational, accredited training and recreational activities for the local community. 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2017 was 1,630. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 191st of the 650 UK constituencies (1st=highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data. Was 4.3% between June and August 2017.

In February 2017 Jon Cruddas raised issues with Rainham Police regarding drifting and moped offences in Ferry Lane and Cold Harbour Lane, Rainham. Local police were aware of the situation, and on Friday 10th March 2017 they carried out ‘operation Drifter’ in which the operation involved Police, DVLA and The London Borough of Havering parking enforcement. They attended the location late on Friday 10th March and remained there until the early hours of the Saturday morning. During their time at the location, numbers of cars and motorcycles arrived on the scene.

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