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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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.

The UK Cross Golf Open and and the European Urban Golf Cup will take place at the Olympic Park

Golfing fans should putt the stresses of the week behind them and take a long drive to the Olympic Park next weekend for Europe’s biggest cross golf event.

UEL performers prepare for Fuel Festival

A university will host an urban arts festival next week which will see staff and students deliver 40 theatre, dance and music events.

With just another seven days to go to polling day election fever seems to have missed Newham this time round.

Show us the evidence!! It’s a catch phrase we should consider using every time a claim is made.

It was a former ship’s captain who wrote the sailors’ hymn, Eternal Father, strong to save, the anthem of the Royal Navy, and beloved of seafarers everywhere.

Warwick Davis attending the Harry Potter Studio Tour Celebrity Launch, at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Watford.

Harry Potter fanatics are invited to attend a convention on the world of wizardry at the ExCel this weekend.

Monologue Slam UK gives 20 young actors the chance to show off their talent to casting professionals

An X Factor-style event aimed at aspiring actors is coming to the Theatre Royal Stratford East on Monday.

The build-up to the Rio Olympic Games is going pretty well. It has got a lot of competitions leading up to it and the World Championships will be our first chance to qualify for Great Britain.

We were horrified and upset to hear of the disaster last month when an aeroplane crashed into a mountain near Seyne-les-Alpes, killing all 150 passengers and staff on board.

Have you ever thought about how decisions are made about health services locally? Have you ever wanted to be involved?

The developing North East strategic alliance – a coalition of eight East London boroughs – Newham, Tower Hamlets, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering , Barking and Dagenham and Greenwich is an interesting and potentially for reaching step towards devolution governance to a sub-regional local level.

Tara Arts is bringing a new adaptation of Macbeth to Stratford Circus

Drag queens in sarees, Macbeth in a turban and Indian background music is all part of Tara Arts’ fresh adaptation of a Shakespeare classic.

The fun run will take place in the Olympic Park

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be be taken over by a herd of rabbits on tomorrow when it plays host to activeNewham’s Easter Bunny Run.

How do you stop young people being lured into violent extremism? Existing policy has clearly failed, and recent proposals by Theresa May contain few new ideas.

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