On Saturday 27th of April 2019, Rainham residents, union members, The Mayor of Havering and Jon Cruddas MP gathered on the green outside Rainham Library on Celtic Farm Road to mark a stone memorial being placed in memory of those killed and injured following an explosion on September 14, 1916, at the Rainham Chemical Works in Ferry Lane. The unveiling was arranged to coincide with International Workers Memorial Day 2019.

The widow and daughter of Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, have been presented with a parliamentary motion about the poet, signed by 137 MPs. Among them was local Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas.