Over the past couple of months local MP Jon Cruddas’s campaign to fight against the prison proposals for Dagenham and Rainham has attracted a lot of local support. With signatures on the petitions ranking in the thousands it is time to move the campaign forward.
Recently Jon sent out a letter highlighting the issue in detail to the people of Rainham. The response was phenomenal, residents took the time to write, email and phone Jon’s office raising their own personal concerns and fears surrounding the proposals. Many residents of Rainham and Dagenham have offered their help with the campaign – opting to receive ‘campaign packs’ which consist of information flyers, window posters and petitions with a return address. The request for these packs has been colossal and Jon hopes that everyone in the constituency will come together in support of the campaign as awareness grows.
Jon has been in correspondence with the Ministry of Justice and the Greater London Authority, trying to ascertain the facts surrounding the issue. Recently the GLA member for City and East, John Biggs raised the plans with the Mayor of London asking Boris Johnson: “Will you join me in opposing this proposal?”
The Mayors written response to this was as follows: “London has a pressing need for additional prison capacity. A large number of London’s prisoners currently have to be sent outside of the capital due to the lack of space and hence the Government is rightly considering various options. I am aware of concerns that have been raised locally with the possible siting of a prison in this part of east London and that is why my officials are working closely with officials in the relevant boroughs, and others, including elected representatives, to examine the various options available.”
The Rainham Rally
It is clear from this response that we need to mobilise more on a local level, in order to capture the attention of the government. We said NO in 2009... And it’s still a resounding NO in 2013! In response to all the residents that have contacted Jon with regard to the prison – Jon has decided to hold an open rally in Rainham to address the issue head on and widen the scope. Rainham Village Primary School have kindly agreed the use of their hall to host the public meeting, the meeting will be taking place on Saturday 13th July from 10.00am onwards and is open to all local residents who want to attend. Please take note: There is no parking available at the school as the barrier at the entrance is currently broken.
If you would like details on the public meeting in Rainham please call Jon’s office on: 020 8984 7854
If you would like to do some campaigning on your street please email your name and full address to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call to arrange delivery of a campaign pack on: 020 8984 7854
If you would like more information on the prison proposal and details of the possible impacts it will have on the local area you can also email: email@example.com
If you do not have access to email you can write to Jon at:
Jon Cruddas MP
50-52 New Road