Politicians to march on City Hall against Dagenham ‘super-prison’

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas - Credit: Archant

Jon Cruddas will today lead a march on City Hall in a bid to overturn a proposal to build a 2,000 ­capacity prison in Dagenham.

Jon Cruddas in front of his prison campaign banners.

Jon Cruddas in front of his prison campaign banners. - Credit: Archant

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been campaigning against the plans to build a prison on the Beam Park site since they were ­announced in April.

More than 10,000 signatures will be presented to deputy mayor for policy and planning Sir Edward Lister at London Mayor Boris Johnson’s headquarter’s.

“The progress of the campaign has been a huge testament to people power; with individual volunteers campaigning on over 40 streets, over 70 local businesses taking petitions and concerned residents coming along to three public meetings,” he said. “The main goal is to overturn the proposal and make the government consider the other options available.”

Mr Cruddas will be joined by London Assembly Member for city and east John Biggs and Barking and Dagenham Council leader Cllr Liam Smith as well as members of the public.

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