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Jon Cruddas MP

Jon Cruddas MP

Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Jon Cruddas has been appointed as head of Labour’s policy review, and he is a member of The Shadow Cabinet.

Jon Cruddas was re-elected a Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham, at the 2010 general election.

He was born in Helston, the son of a sailor, and was educated at the Oaklands Catholic Comprehensive School in Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, before attending the University of Warwick where he qualified with an M.A. and later a Ph.D. in Philosophy, for a thesis entitled An analysis of value theory, the sphere of production and contemporary approaches to the reorganisation of workplace relations. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a year from 1987.

In 1989, he became a policy officer with the Labour Party before becoming the chief assistant to the General Secretary of the Labour Party in 1994.After the 1997 general election, he became the deputy political secretary to the new Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and as the link between the Prime Minister and the trade unions, he worked heavily on the introduction of the minimum wage. He was a member of the Transport and General Workers Union from 1989 until his election in 2001 when he became MP for Dagenham.  In the run up to the 2006 local elections he identified that Labour's focus on Middle England and failure to engage with its traditional supporters was leading to a swelling of support for the far-right BNP.

In 2007, Jon stood for election as Labour's deputy leader following the resignation of Tony Blair and John Prescott as Leader and Deputy Leader. By standing for election, Jon opened the contest to new ideas - especially on housing, immigration and public services. He won the support of tens of thousands of members and trade unionists.

At the last election Jon campaigned hard against the BNP, who enjoyed a strong presence in Barking and Dagenham until they lost all of their councillors in the 2010 elections.    

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