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We all grew up with the term “hole in the wall”. To us that meant a cash machine and we all got used to the facility our banks provided.

A little over two months ago, the prime minister came to power proclaiming she wanted everyone, whatever their background, to be given the same opportunities to succeed.

Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recently held its annual general meeting, highlighting key achievements in the local NHS and giving people the opportunity to speak directly with its governing body.

A boxing wordsmith is bringing his tales of life inside and outside of the ring to the borough.

If crack cocaine was being sold openly in Newham, there would be an outcry. And yet the “crack cocaine” of the betting world – the Fixed Odds Betting Terminal – is available in every high street in the country.

During the Brexit campaign, I was often quoted as complaining that EU rules forced us to spend thousands of pounds on new packaging so that a packet of smoked salmon could have an EU warning sign on the back saying “contains fish”.

The “hopper” fare has launched and it’s estimated 30m journeys will now become free every year. The £1.50 fare allows you to make another bus or tram journey for free within an hour of touching in. Another manifesto pledge delivered.

Newham’s first ever Heritage Awareness Week scheduled for Monday, October 24 to Sunday, October 30 is approaching fast.

Burkinis on beaches has been a hot topic this summer. So, should the state interfere with what people want to wear?

We have fought for the government to change the amount that can be bet on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTS) as we have seen the damage that the clustering of these premises has wreaked on our high streets.

A fresh dance event set to “celebrate rave culture” will make its debut at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend.

An academic has written a pacy yet insightful book about the behind-the-scene dramas of London 2012’s Olympic legacy programme.

A few years ago, visiting Pakistan, I had a long drive from the airport. In almost every village we passed, a group of youngsters was playing cricket at the side of the road. So many have their family roots in countries where cricket is played from infancy, and followed passionately: India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well as Pakistan, not to mention the West Indies. So why do we not see more cricket in the borough?

It was great to see so many people at the National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival - an incredible celebration of deaf and disability arts and inclusive sports.

I am writing to remind residents that the NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying most local health services, is inviting local people to attend its annual public meeting.

Parliament is in recess and it’s a time to reflect on what we achieved over the past session and prepare for the coming challenges.

Arabella, my oldest granddaughter, started four years ago at a school which is on the same road as one of our cemeteries.

I have just returned from a trip to Israel which included a meeting in Ramallah, on the West Bank with the deputy Palestinian foreign minister.

Love to sing? Then why not join an uplifting vocal choir specialising in rock, pop and musical mash-ups.

A friend of mine has just had to turn down a well-paid job in London because he couldn’t afford to house his family here.

The start of the Rio Olympics brought back memories of the wonderful games our capital hosted in 2012. Those games spurred on massive transformation in our local area and the changes were evident when I visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park recently. West Ham marked their first game in the park with a win and I wish them the best of luck for the new season!

With the European Championships, Wimbledon, Olympics finished and the Paralympics to look forward to – this summer has been jam-packed with sport.

Music fans turned out in their thousands to enjoy four evenings of free entertainment at Under the Stars.

An actress has sewn up the role of a lifetime by landing a major role in the celebrated play Made in Dagenham.

A Bollywood star will be meeting and greeting fans at a shopping centre in the borough.

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