On 5th October 2012 Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham spoke at the 'Ron Todd Memorial Lecture'. The focus of the lecture was Young People: Crime, Peace and Politics. 

Ronald Todd was the general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) from 1985 until 1992, then the largest general trade union in the UK. Todd also gained a reputation for his commitment to human rights and his work on nuclear disarmament.