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Reportedly the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday will see shoppers stock up on Christmas gifts and electrical goods at a reduced price ahead of the festive season. Here we share the discounts on offer at Great British Life available 27 - 30 November 2015

Robin Hood

Merry men swap green for monochrome chequered tights in Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Robin Hood, a bold re-telling of the heroic folk outlaw legend.

The free car parking on Mondays and Fridays is aimed at reducing the pressure at weekends

Christmas shopping is a stressful experience at the best of times, and that’s before you realise you haven’t got enough change to pay for parking.

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.

MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown with Cara the dog handing over their cheques for the Toy Appeal to Loreen Phillip at Community Links in Canning Town

The halls of Westminster were traded in for those of Canning Town when the borough’s two MPs, Lyn Brown and Stephen Timms, presented their donations to the Christmas Toy Appeal.

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.

Colin Grainger in the pool before last year's swim

Former Recorder editor Colin Grainger is taking the plunge next weekend.

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.

Christine Ohuruogu is a long term supporter of the Christmas Toy Appeal (picture: Dave Thompson/PA)

“Why not get involved?” That’s the question posed by Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu.

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.

England rugby players Liam Farrell and John Bateman launch the Christmas Toy Appeal

Olympic champion rower Mark Hunter and England’s rugby league stars have given their support to our Christmas Toy Appeal.

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.

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