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As has been witnessed for over a year now, knife and gang-related crime have increased in Newham particularly among those under 25 years of age.

What does it mean to be educated? A big question but one we must try to answer if we want to offer the very best to our young people.

We can all see striking improvements in the region. Young people growing up can look forward to much better opportunities.

Q&A: Kelly Drake

Fri, 17:00

Kelly Drake received NCT’s national volunteer of the year award in 2016 for her work with parents and children in Newham.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

It was disappointing to read a few weeks ago that Sir Robin Wales had been deselected by the Labour Party to stand as mayor for Newham.

I am thoroughly delighted to return to the front bench in parliament, doing a job tailor-made for me: Shadow minister for Social Inclusion and Social Mobility.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, April 13, 2018

Shamsun Nessa (pictured left) is a Newham campaigner and key figure in Avenue Parents Group. She’s been fighting against the academisation of Newham’s schools.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Yet another tragic knife-related murder has hit our streets, this time in Stratford. So far this year, a shocking 26 people have been killed.

In just four weeks time, Newham residents 18 and over (and sadly not those 16 and over) will have the opportunity of voting for Newham’s new mayor and council to run the borough for the next four years to 2022.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lorna Maffei moved to Plaistow from Italy so her dad could look after her dog, Baloo, while she was at work. After realising there wasn’t a support group for dog owners in the area, she founded the Plaistow Dog Community group

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Do you want to know the secret of happiness?

Those machines in seaside amusement arcades that we visited in our youth were not called ‘one-armed bandits’ for nothing.

Q&A: Michelle Egbe

Friday, March 30, 2018

Michelle Egbe is a Beckton mother who’s experienced the highlights of Newham’s education system. Her daughter is a graduate from and her son attends Grangewood Independent School in Forest Gate.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Degree apprenticeships are vital for east London’s future – here’s why.

A number of constituents have been in touch with me recently about the civil war in Syria. In particular, they have mentioned President Assad’s efforts to displace rebels in Eastern Ghouta. He wants to capture the area, which he regards as the final major rebel enclave in the Damascus area.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, March 23, 2018

This week’s Q&A comes from Jessica Boatright, who founded east London arts charity Ingeenium. They recently hosted the Creative Chicks Festival at Canning Town library.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Last week the environment secretary, Michael Gove, finally admitted he wants to ban shock collars for dogs and cats. About time.

There’s lots of publicity about women’s issues just now – the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote, International Women’s Day and the #MeToo movement.

Q&A: My borough

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fresh fish stallholder Thishan speaks about his passion for the borough and how everyone should invest in their community

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

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