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Standing up for Dagenham & Rainham

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 4th May, 2017

JF wityh Afzal Sayed MunnaLast night in Havering I was adopted as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Dagenham & Rainham, in East London/Essex. Apart from the fact that I have for years had dealings with local LibDems there while I was campaigning to be elected to the European Parliament (just missing out in 2004 and 2009!), I also give talks regularly to women’s clubs, Rotary clubs etc across Havering. The constituency straddles the boroughs of Havering and Barking & Dagenham and is remarkably diverse. Dagenham was of course best known as the major centre for car production in southern England, though more recently the Ford factory was widely-publicised as the setting for Nigel Cole’s endearing true-life story film, Made in Dagenham, about women who struck for better pay and working conditions. The borough is busy rebranding itself as an area for regeneration in which the authorities hope the film industry will have an important role to play — something I strongly support. Rainham, on the other hand, is celebrated for Rainham Marshes, a site of special scientific interest loved by migratory birds. The last time I went there I ended up rescuing a stray dog that someone had apparently just dumped. The parish of Rainham is quite ancient. There’s a nature park (Chase) in east Dagenham as well, in Eastbrook ward. So plenty of green spaces to stretch one’s legs between campaigning sessions!

[photo with Dagenham LibDem activist Afzal Sayed Munna and son]

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