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How should we respond to the evil of terrorism?

There are many poor Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Christians in the world, but they don’t go blowing other people up, or themselves up, because they have a grievance with their lack of financial status.

The horrific terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIS in Paris, Bamako and Beirut were at the forefront of everyone’s minds in Parliament this week. There is no justification whatsoever for such abhorrent violence.

Santa and his reindeer at the Christmas parade at Gallions retail park

Santa Claus paid a visit to Gallions Reach Shopping Park for the Grand Christmas Parade on Saturday.

Win:Tickets to UFest music concert at Olympic Park

Friday, November 20, 2015
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.

Alien Uncovered (Picture: Thames/Syco Entertainment)

X Factor fans are in for a treat as one of this year’s finalists will be headlining the Stratford Centre’s Christmas stage show.

Home Secretary Theresa May has achieved the interesting feat of uniting the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society in common cause.

Recently I spoke at the Olympic Stadium to mark 10 years since we won the bid to host the 2012 Games, and to mark the official launch of the Foundation for FutureLondon, a charity that will deliver arts, culture and creative education programmes on Queen Elizabeth Park and in surrounding boroughs.

David Goldstone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation

We now have one more major event left: the Race of Champions on November 20 and 21.

We’re in the season of remembrance; we’ve had All Saints Eve, or Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day when we remember all those people who have died who weren’t recognised saints – almost everyone then! - with Remembrance Day and Armistice Day soon after it’s appropriate that we recently had a conference called Dying Well in Newham

Earlier this year I focussed a column on the need for a local history museum in Newham - something the borough has not had since the Passmore Edwards Museum at Stratford, which was closed by the council in 1994.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms will miss West Ham

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I hosted a reception in Parliament for West Ham United Foundation the other week.

Our residents in Newham are enjoying a trickle of good news about the extended opening hours of libraries!

The government decision to cut tax credits have once again been in the news over the past week. This time because the House of Lords got involved and voted to delay to tax credit cuts until the government come forward with protections for low income families for at least three years.

Like many children, I used to love the old rhyme, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!”

About 10 years ago, and certainly before the Iraq war, people with an interest in world affairs would say that if you solve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, you will cure the ills of the Middle East.

For me Remembrance Sunday is a poignant time of the year, linking us with those who fight in the conflicts of today and with those who did so in times past.

Weather experts are forecasting the coldest winter on record for over 40 years.

Parliament’s first debate last week was about superfast broadband. From all sides, MPs complained about inadequate broadband speeds and long delays.

The kerfuffle over Jeremy Corbyn not singing the national anthem may have died down, but the issues have not gone away.

International rugby league is coming to Newham and being from East London, I can’t wait.

I am very proud to have made a choice to live in Newham, the community here is very vibrant, diverse and has countless opportunities to progress in every walk of life.

The findings of the Department of Communities and Local Government English Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 indicated that Newham had progressed from being the second most deprived local authority in England in 2010 to now being the 25th most deprived authority.

The Tory Party conference in Manchester was an unedifying spectacle.

German Pointer Moria clears the last fence of the obstacle course

They say dogs are a man’s best friend, and that certainly seemed the case at the Eukanuba Discover Dogs show.

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