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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This Parliament started with a bang. We’ve had the European Union Referendum Bill, The Scotland Bill, Education and Adoption Bill, and next Wednesday, we get an ‘emergency budget.’

I read with some interest, that the mayor will be asking residents which services they want to see stay, change or close.

In general, Great Britain is getting better at making provision for people with disabilities, I’m pleased to say. Things aren’t perfect, as anyone in a wheelchair will tell you, but improvements being made to public transport, for example, are well-thought-out and helpful.

Each week more and more candidates are putting their names forward for London Mayor and each has their own particular spin, style and substance.

Since the beginning of the year we have seen ever increasing numbers of men, women and children leave the shores of Africa in the hope of making it to Europe.

June 15 to 21 is national Cervical Screening Awareness Week.

As the weather gets warmer, now is a great time to enjoy the sun at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park- whether it’s enjoying the beautiful new spaces or cheering on international sporting heroes.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

During the election campaign, I argued against the idea of a referendum on our membership of the EU.

When writing my last column, the shock and heartache of the election result was recent and raw. Not even the heart-warming outcome in Newham, and more widely in London, could temper it.

Brampton Primary School in East Ham, is 100 years old, opening in June 1915 during the First World War, the school has provided an education foundation for generations of East Ham children ever since, even staying open during the Second World War.

I’ve been remembering my old schoolmate, Malcolm.

Sir Robin Wales

I was delighted that residents and partners from across Newham were able to attend our recent annual meeting, especially as this year we celebrate Newham’s 50th birthday.

I wonder how many of those who voted Conservative at the election gave much thought to their pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act? The policy is tucked away in a single paragraph on page 60 of the Tory manifesto.

In the January 7 issue of this newspaper I welcomed in the new year with a prediction for the upcoming election.

Readers knowing my firm East End roots may be surprised to hear that I am a member of Forest Gate Women’s Institute – not because of my abiding fascination with the preservation of rural crafts which was one of the WI’s first objects, but because the Women’s Institute is actually a very feminist organisation dedicated these days to the advancement of education for woman and girls for the public benefit and to the sustainability and conservation of the planet, among other things.

One of my favourite things about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is how much it is constantly changing and evolving.

In the general election, I received 40,563 votes. This is the largest number cast for any candidate anywhere in the country, and, with the exception of the Speaker, the highest number cast for any UK general election candidate in over 20 years.

Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue

A comedy duo consisting of a nerdy uncle and his mute nephew is just one of the acts performing at a Forest Gate comedy night on Thursday.

London's MCM 2014 Comic Con

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a bloke dressed up like Superman.

The night of Thursday, May 7, and the morning after, will live long in my memory. I was both delighted and humbled to be returned to Westminster to represent West Ham, increasing my vote and share of the vote, but I was absolutely devastated by the nationwide result.

Kevin Jenkins is retiring Community Links after several decades

An extremely concerning report with far-reaching implications for Newham’s future slipped through almost unnoticed during the election campaign.

Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. However, every year health professionals understand more about dementia, and develop new ways to boost the confidence and maintain the independence of people with dementia for as long as possible.

A lot of good things are done under the banner of religion, such as providing night shelters for the homeless.

We are located in the heart of Hackney Wick and Fish Island, on the western side of the Olympic Park and in the heart of what is often described as the densest concentration of artist studios in Europe.

The summer is approaching and we at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are busy gearing up for some big events at the stadium.

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