Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 23 was the most significant political moment of our generation.

The Chancellor ended his Autumn Statement saying “We are bold in our vision”.

I’m hugely proud of what we’ve achieved on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, but none of this success is possible without the enthusiasm and passion of Newham residents –particularly our amazing Legacy Youth Voice.

A £10million initiative to support young people’s mental wellbeing is being rolled out in schools across the borough.

A councillor has pressed health bosses to “urgently reconsider” the amount spent on mental health services in the borough amid fears of a funding “postcode lottery”.

With the countdown to Christmas now officially started, it’s time for another festive lights switch-on.

A author making waves on both sides of the pond will be meeting some of her readers when she launches her new novel.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that the East Shopping Centre’s festive lights have been switched on.

We’ve seen all the great work around Children in Need, and it made me think of my children, who are not in need but sometimes thought they were – there are upsides and downsides about having a parent who’s a priest married to another priest, as you can imagine!

This month, I had the honour of representing Humanists at the Remembrance Day ceremony in neighbouring Tower Hamlets. This was a first for me. More importantly it was, so far as I’m aware, the first time that those without a religious faith have been officially represented at the ceremony in that borough.

Back in the 1980s, my mum was a Tate and Lyle shop steward. She told me about her campaign to gain parity for women workers: equal pay for work of equal value. She felt she’d been unsuccessful and believed the work of women was continually undervalued.

Theatre Royal Stratford East director Kerry Michael knows that panto is the venue’s famed jewel thanks to its witty scripts, loveable performances and subversive yet inclusive messaging.

It has been quite a year. What with Brexit and Trump, you might feel “stirred up” quite enough, but the ancient Christmas tradition of “stir-up Sunday” could help you start Christmas in the right spirit.

I supported an event on November 3, organised by Det Ch Insp Shabnam Chaudhri, entitled Girls Allowed.

It’s not an Olympic legacy to be proud of,” is what Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, said about plans to build three concrete plants and one asphalt plant next to the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I couldn’t agree more.

Barbers and Spurs football stands may be a rite of passenge for many London Jews – but not for Nick Cassenbaum.

As I write, Remembrance Sunday is just a few days away, poppies are on sale and the thoughts of the nation are beginning to be directed to the thousands and thousands of individuals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during two world wars and many other subsequent armed conflicts, to enable us to enjoy the freedom and quality of life that we all experience today.

I’m very proud to announce that Newham Council has been shortlisted for honours in four key areas at the hotly contested Local Government Chronicle awards.

West Ham FC stars met with children to kickstart this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

The Christmas Toy Appeal aims to give stockings full of gifts to thousands of children as young as two months and as old as 16, but shopping for such a wide age range can be daunting.

In April this year not only had I correctly predicted the outcome of the Brexit vote but in relation to the US election I wrote: “Donald Trump will clinch it. He has been totally outrageous to date – racist, sexist and plain stupid – but the Americans love him.”

I attended a concert at Milton Court last weekend.

A few weeks ago when the news of the closing of the Calais “jungle” camp by the French authorities was aired on television, I wasn’t sure what to feel, happy or sad, as we have come to know the place very well, and we almost built a bond with its unfortunate residents.

This month, I’d like to remind everyone living and working in Newham how important it is to make sure that they are using antibiotics in the right way.

What better time to perform the UK’s first all-black Hamlet production than the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death?

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