Jon Cruddas has approached ACAS to help bring the current dispute between Barking and Dagenham Council led by Cllr Rodwell and workers represented by the GMB union in the council's refuse collection service to an end.

The dispute is over the imposition of wage cuts to staff carrying out Health and Safety checks on vehicles.

Speaking to the Post, Jon Cruddas called on all parties to this week sit down with ACAS and hammer out a solution which restores a full service to all residents and avoids any more strikes.

Reassurances about the future of engine production at the Ford factory in Dagenham are being sought by Unite, the largest union in the country.

The Ford plant in Dagenham currently makes 300,000 Puma engines for transit vehicles which will cease production in the near future.