‘The fight is not over’ says Cruddas on Dagenham prison plans
PUBLISHED: 17:23 30 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:23 30 October 2014
Jon Cruddas hailed yesterday’s visit to Number 10 a “huge testament to people power” but warned the fight against plans to a build a prison in Dagenham wasn’t over yet.
A delegation of councillors and concerned residents joined the Dagenham MP presenting a petition outside the Prime Minister’s office at 1.45pm.
Mr Cruddas said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community that has got behind the campaign over the past 18 months.
“The progress of the ‘SAY NO’ campaign has been a huge testament to people power, with individual volunteers campaigning all over the constituency.”
As local MP he said it is his job to “make sure local voices are heard on important issues”, adding: “I hope that we have been heard loud and clear by the Ministry of Justice and David Cameron.
“The petition has been handed in but the fight still isn’t over, I will be writing to David Cameron and back to the Ministry of Justice to follow up our petition over the coming weeks.”
A dedicated campaign to stop a so-called “super-prison” being built at Beam Park, Dagenham, was first touted back in 2009 and seemingly quashed before being revived again in April last year.
Campaigners hope to send a clear message that plans to build a 2,000 capacity facility in the borough are not welcome.
Jon Cruddas MP and Assembly Member for city and east John Biggs led local councillors and residents to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s headquarters in November 2013.
Deputy Mayor for planning Sir Edward Lister received a petition from them signed by more than 10,000 people.
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