On Wednesday (March 3) a new freeport was given the go-ahead for Dagenham. The joint bid which includes Ford and Forth Ports will create thousands of new jobs at the Thames Freeport. The plans have not been without contention and concerns have been raised about the potential for tax evasion and a race to the bottom for workers' rights.

Jon Cruddas MP was supportive of the plans which were also backed by Labour-led Barking and Dagenham Council.