On Friday 29 June 2018 the presentation ceremony for the first ever Mary Turner Award for Young Women was held at Londoneast-UK in Dagenham. The award was commissioned by the GMB trade union to commemorate the life of former National President Mary Turner CBE, and to celebrate the next generation of inspirational women.

The Pen to Print Michael Feld Creative Writing Competition for Young People

Closing date: 16 April 2018, 5pm

The Writing Competition for young people is open for entries and we have an extra prize this year a set of books for the winners’ school! Don't miss this great opportunity to win a great prize for yourself and your school! The closing date for entries is 16 April 2018, and entries can be sent to libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or dropped off at any library in Barking and Dagenham.

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!

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham held his sixth annual Christmas Card Competition Prize Event last Friday at the Dagenham Civic Centre. The Council Chamber was transformed into Santa’s Grotto – and was full of presents which this year for the winners and runners up included some fantastic gifts! All the prizes were presented in front of a packed chamber by Jon Cruddas MP and Father Christmas.

It’s that time of year again – the Jon Cruddas MP Dagenham and Rainham Christmas Card Competition! This year was bigger than ever with 21 local schools taking part and 21 local businesses sponsoring the event.

Yet again, this month saw the Council Chamber at the Dagenham Civic Centre turn into an explosion of colour! This year there were thousands of cards, making it harder than ever for Jon Cruddas to choose the winning design. However after much deliberation Jon finally settled on a card designed by Daniel Moorey, age 6 from Brady Primary School in Rainham.

Last night the Dover’s Corner development proposals went before Havering Council’s Planning Committee. The proposals are part of the Beam Park development masterplan which will eventually see Beam Reach transformed, delivering thousands of new homes. The first phase includes over 500 new properties on Dover’s Corner – which some may know as the Somerfield Site.

An organisation called Oxbridge Applications is currently promoting their fantastic Access Scheme – the scheme is designed to provide state school students with exceptional opportunities to improve their chances of attending England’s most prestigious Universities, Oxford and Cambridge. The program provides 120 state school students scholarship assistance from Oxbridge graduates every year. 

The access scheme puts state school candidates in contact with Oxbridge-graduates to support them in every aspect of the application:

London schools are facing unprecedented cuts of £760m a year by 2020. This is on top of the last five years of education cuts that removed support services for schools and cut sixth form funding by ten percent.  Education spending has been cut twice before, the highest cuts being 4% between 1982 and 1985. The Tories are now proposing to cut education spending by 8% nationally and 12% In London. Spending cuts in Barking and Dagenham specifically would total 13%.

This year’s Christmas card competition prize giving event was another huge success; with more schools and children taking part than ever before. There were also more business sponsors this year than ever which allowed Jon and his team to make the competition prizes bigger and better than ever before. The overall winner Kamila Andziulyte from Marsh Green Primary School was asked what she wanted for Christmas up to £250 – she chose a top of the range 16gb Samsung Galaxy Tablet PC.

Over the past few weeks Jon’s constituency office has been filling up with thousands of bright, creative and innovative Christmas cards designed by pupils from all over of the constituency. The standard of the cards has improved yet again this year and with such an outstanding array it has taken many days, and night’s deliberation for Jon to finally decide on a winner.

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