Jon Cruddas is the Labour Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham, the home constituency of Pulse Radio Head of PR and Social Media Lucy Cattano.
Cruddas was born in Cornwall, and went to school in Portsmouth, before studying at the University of Warwick, where he gained an MA and a PhD in Business.
In 1989, he became a policy officer for Labour, and in 1994 became Senior Assistant to Labour’s then-General Secretary Larry Whitty. After New Labour’s 1997 landslide victory, Cruddas was then employed as Deputy Political Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair, where he acted as a liaison between Blair and the trade unions.
In 200o, Cruddas was selected for the Dagenham constituency, and won with a majority of 8,693 in the 2001 General Election. In Parliament, he acted as a critic of the government, accusing them of betraying their working class roots.
For the 2010 General Election, he was re-selected for the marginal and new Dagenham and Rainham constituency, where he faced an active campaign from the far-right British National Party, who won 11.2% of the vote, mostly waken from Labour. Cruddas held the seat with a majority of 5.9%, and the BNP vote later collapsed at the 2015 General Election.
Cruddas was one of the 36 MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 Labour Leadership election.