Friday, January 13, 2017

There’s still time – but only just – to catch the final tickets to an award-winning show about singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

In December the UN Security Council passed a resolution critical of Israel for settlement building in the disputed territories of the West Bank.

Before Christmas I took part in Walk the Met – an initiative where Assembly Members amongst others, were invited to join police on patrol.

Whatever your age, the evidence shows that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

My relationship with John Denis hairdressers at the White Horse, East Ham, began when, aged nine, I decided to cut my own hair just before we went on holiday!

Hopefully, your new year resolution(s) are still on track – four days into the new year.

On behalf of everyone at Newham Council I would like to wish everyone a happy new year.

It is often said that young people are apathetic about politics. It’s true that election turnout among younger people is lower than among older voters.

It’s been another great year on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and I want to thank you for all your support.

Back in the dark days of December 1939, when our country was facing war with Germany, the young Princess Elizabeth, aged just 13, gave her father, the King, a copy of a poem. He was so moved by it that he quoted it in his Christmas broadcast to the Empire.

Are you an aspiring collector or a learned buyer when it comes to art?

“Life’s a bitch and then you cry.”

Nutritionist Layla McNeilly and Dragons’ Den success, Swing Patrol, are joining forces to launch a new cardio workout class.

Christmas quiz

Monday, December 26, 2016

Remember those pantomimes you’ve been to as a child or taken your own children to?

You know it’s Christmas when you turn on the TV to see James Stewart running through the snow or see a cartoon snowman flying through the air.

I’m a well organised woman. You can’t do my job otherwise.

This is a good time of year to talk about uplifting spirits. I speak of the alchoholic variety rather than the religious! Drink has been enjoyed since time immemorial by civilisations around the globe. Of course, before I am lambasted for being irresponsible or insensitive, it has also caused illness and misery and is often behind violent and anti-social behaviour. But for many it has proved to be a welcome social lubricant associated with conviviality, friendship and pleasure.

As the festive season draws closer, I’d like to encourage local people to make sure they know where to go for treatment and health advice over the holidays, as well as to think about some simple steps they can take to stay well this winter.

Christmas movie quiz

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Are you a film buff? How much do you know about Christmas movies?

The creators of a play about a friendship between a polar bear and husky hope for a warm reception when it comes to the borough on Monday.

Christmas came early for a group of care home residents thanks to the generosity of a group of schoolchildren.

Once again the sounds of jingle bells are all around us, Christmas lights are shining ever so bright and Christmas trees are the centre of attention for all. It is time to celebrate.

Life continues to be busy on the assembly police and crime committee and Newham has featured heavily in our recent work, which saw the issue of policing and security in and around the London Stadium as a major topic.

You might not have noticed, but there’s an epidemic sweeping this country at the moment with devastating results. It is shortening life-expectancy and destroying people’s quality of life. Doctors diagnose it all the time, and we should all be looking out for it: It’s called loneliness.

Personally, I was not surprised that recent research carried out by the Big Give in to individual giving, found that individuals living in the poorest boroughs (including Newham) give a higher percentage of their income to good causes than those living in more affluent areas.

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