Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. On Tuesday 8 May 1945 Britain and the Allied Forces accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany and brought the Second World War to an end after nearly six years of fighting.
Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history and there is no doubt that under different circumstances VE Day would have been a vibrant and joyous celebration across the constituency.
Jon Cruddas MP said: "this is an important milestone in British and European history, and like many others I would have liked to spend today with the local community at the British Legion or at a street party. Sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic many will spend today away from friends and family. I know it will be tempting to break the rules, but it is very important that residents continue following the guidelines to stay safe and save lives."
Jon added: "there is no reason people can't celebrate responsibly in their own homes ? I have seen some great examples of VE Day decorations across the constituency on social media. I hope constituents joined the nation in the two-minutes silence at 11am, and I would encourage residents to raise a glass to the heroes that gave their tomorrow for our today."