East Ham MP’s delight at visit to borough by Commonwealth parliamentarians

07:48 26 June 2014

East Ham MP Stephen Timms hosted a visit by a group of Commonwealth parliamentarians to the borough

East Ham MP Stephen Timms hosted a visit by a group of Commonwealth parliamentarians to the borough


East Ham MP Stephen Timms hosted a visit from a group of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who were in London for a seminar.

The group of nine met Mr Timms at Newham Dockside on Friday, the headquarters of Newham Council where he introduced them to the borough and several council officers who highlighted the history of borough and drew attention to the opportunities created by the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

The group also visited Ascension Church in Custom House, which was one of the venues of NEWway Night Shelter. NEWway was established last winter in response to the rising levels of poverty and homelessness in Newham. The Parliamentarians met with the project’s co-ordinator, Jonny Adams, as well as one of the shelter’s former residents.

The project - supported by local churches from across Newham - finished for the year at the end of January having provided 1,139 warm beds for the night to 61 different guests.

The delegation then travelled to London City Airport, where they met Chief Executive, Declan Collier. Afterwards, the Parliamentarians were given a tour by the terminal building by Marketing Director, Jeremy Probert, and Liam McKay, Head of Public Affairs. Jeremy and Liam spoke about the importance of the airport to Newham, which currently employs 2,000 people – many of whom are local residents. They concluded their day with a visit to Sandringham Primary School, where head teacher Robert Cleary led an assembly on the Commonwealth.

Mr Timms said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to show the Commonwealth Parliamentarians around East Ham. One of the group, an MP from the Falklands Islands, had been here before whilst she was a student in the 70s and remarked just how much had changed.

“A recurring theme of the day was that London is “moving east” and that Newham will be at the front of the capital’s plans in the coming years. It is clear that this is the case: we have Stratford International, Westfield and, of course, the Olympics. On top of this, in the coming years Crossrail will open, the Royal Docks will be regenerated and an Asian Business Port – situated opposite London City Airport – will be built, bringing with it 20,000 jobs.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:35
East Ham MP Stephen Timms

Stephen Timms has branded the chancellor all talk while also applauding his Spending Review U-turn on tax credits cuts.

Elizabeth Olympic Park
Yesterday, 16:21
Lyn Brown MP

Lyn Brown has hailed a “major victory” after George Osborne dropped plans to cut tax credits in his Spending Review, but warned Newham schools could lose money.

Lyn Brown
Yesterday, 15:24
Councillors and Mayor Sir Robin Wales making the pledge

A United Nations campaign to end violence against women has received support from figures in the borough.

United Nations
Yesterday, 14:05
Chancellor George Osborne outlined the government's spending plans in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review (Pic: PA/Yui Mok)

George Osborne vowed to “put security first” as he outlined the government’s economic plans for the next five years in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review.


Most read news


Section Boys, Big Tipper, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr, Trapstar, and UFest street team members

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to watch some of the country’s best and brightest urban music talent at UFest, London’s official youth festival.

Read more
Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

Read more
You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Read more

Digital Edition

Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder