Up and down the country there is hunger for change.
People have had enough of talk about Brexit and austerity and fear of what the future holds. They hanker for a return to the values of fairness and community which have served this country so well for so long.
People want an inclusive economy and public services which strengthen and unite, rather than divide us.
During the 2017 general election campaign Jeremy Corbyn tapped into this hunger. Communities up and down the country were energised by Labour’s campaign and came together to refute Theresa May the majority she so vainly expected.
But this hunger for change, for an inclusive society in which no-one is left behind, and for a fairer kind of politics, has been felt in Barking and Dagenham for years.
This is why it informs our vision for the New East; a radical urban vision of community which embraces growth but remains mixed, balanced and inclusive; a vision of public services which are enabling, proactive rather than reactive, liberating rather than paternalistic, and with a long-term vision that places outcomes over a traditional focus on processes.
It is a vision which empowers the citizen to take pride in our borough and our history, and to be part of its future.
The New East will encourage aspiration within the community, while combating division and gentrification, and has the potential to contribute to a rebalanced London for the 21st Century.
The purpose of this website is to capture and develop that new thinking.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council