Today campaigners at the High Court lost a legal battle against the government’s handling of the rise in the women’s state pension age. The application to the court addressed matters arising from the government policy of equalisation of the pension ages and its impact on women born in the 1950s.

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by numerous woman who are set to be affected by accelerated changes to women’s state pension age. Jon has supported the WASPI campaign from the beginning, and last year the local MP wrote out to thousands of women born in the 1950s who are s­­­et to be effected by the government’s shambolic handling of the ‘equalisation of state pension age’.  

Jon commented:“The decision to accelerate the transition period pulled the rug out from under thousands of women’s feet leaving them little time to plan for their new circumstances.” 

On Saturday 18th August from 11am until 3pm the East London Women’s Museum will be hosting a free family event at Dagenham Library, celebrating women’s contribution to science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing.

The event will be full of inspiring talks, games, activities and demonstrations exploring then and now looking at ‘munitionettes’, the women working on the assembly line during the First World War and female scientists through the years. The organisers will also be offering information to young women about studying and working in STEM.

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.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has demonstrated his support for women with breast cancer by becoming a parliamentary ambassador for leading charity Breast Cancer Now.

Jon joins 200 MPs across the country who are pledging their support to Breast Cancer Now – the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – to remind fellow politicians and constituents alike that breast cancer is not a ‘done deal’ and that immediate action must be taken to stop the disease taking lives. 

Please find information about Jon's pension campaign here http://www.joncruddas.org.uk/jon-cruddas-mp-supports-womens-pension-campaignDon't forget to come back and fill in the survey!
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On February 1st MPs debated proposed issues surrounding the changes to the state pension age, which will see the retirement age for women rise to 66 by 2020 bringing it in line with the retirement age for men. The dispute is focused on the changes to the speed of transition from age 60 to 66 which will leave many women in financial difficulty at a time of life when they should be secure.

CHOICE Training which is based in Dagenham has recently announced its support of the research-led campaign to ‘Get Girls Plumbing’. The training college is offering four lucky ladies the chance to pursue a career in plumbing.

Female plumbers-to-be simply need to write 100 words outlining why they would like to win a free place on the course. The four candidates will then be selected by a judging panel made up from the college board of directors, the winners will be announced in time to start at the beginning of next term.