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Chair of East London Humanists Paul Kaufman discusses the status of religion

Scientologists recently hit the headlines when the first officially approved wedding in a Church of Scientology Chapel was celebrated in London. This follows recognition of Scientology as a religion by the Supreme Court in December.

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West Ham MP Lyn Brown says the government is nasty over immigration

Now the sun has started to shine, it’s easy to feel a little more optimistic. Spring is a wonderful time.

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Chair of NHS Newham CCG Dr Zuhair Zarifa encourages our fight against the flu

Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, but for some people it can be really serious, causing complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and, in some cases, even death.

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'Twenty is plenty'  speed curb has sparked controoversy

BIG DEBATE: We could soon see 20mph limits everywhere

The first borough-wide 20mph speed limit comes into force in July in the City of London covering the whole Square Mile. Newham has already introduced some 25 smaller zones with another two on the cards near schools, hospitals or residential homes. Now campaigners want to see them spread across the whole borough and even the rest of Greater London. But motoring organisations warn that forcing digital limits on drivers will have an adverse affect and won’t reduce accidents:

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BIG DEBATE: Should we build a new Thames river crossing in east London?

Calls are growing for a new Thames river crossing east of Tower Bridge. The nearest road link for Newham is the busy A12 Blackwall Tunnel. Newham’s Labour Mayor is pressing for a bridge across Galleons Reach at Beckton or tunnel at Silvertown which he says would create 18,000 jobs. But London Assembly’s Green Party fears it would bring more traffic and pollution to an area where the air already exceeds EU health limits.

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Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales says unscrupulous landlords are bad for everyone

Emma Reynolds MP, the Shadow Housing Minister, came to Newham last week to hear about the impacts of London’s housing crisis from 10 London councils. Before the meeting she went to see the terrible conditions and anti-social behaviour caused by criminal landlords operating in our private rented sector.

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Managing Director H Forman & Son Lance Forman condemns mansion tax

Everything comes back to economics. If we want a health service, education, defence and so on, without a strong and growing economy this is impossible. Equally though it’s important to get tax policy right to make sure that maximum golden eggs can be extracted without killing the goose, so to speak.

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Co-founder & senior advisor Community Links Kevin Jenkins celebrates local art by supporting The Line

Among the potential new developments for Newham and east London, you will find a real exciting gem of a project – The Line – a sculpture walk for London.

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East Ham MP Stephen Timms urges eligible parents to claim Warm Home Discount

Next winter, you could be entitled to a £140 discount on your electricity bill, under the government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme. You will be eligible if you receive Pension Credit.

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Acting Newham Borough Commander Ian Larnder asks, “Do you want to be a Special Constable?”

Have you ever thought about becoming a Metropolitan Special Constable (MSC) in Newham?

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Archdeacon of West Ham Elwin Cockett tells us not to resent what we don’t have

I am just home from a wonderful trip to Kenya which has got me thinking.

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BIG DEBATE: Should we quit the European Union or stay?

The battle lines are being drawn tonight in a TV debate on the BBC between Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg arguing that we must “stay in the EU to survive” and Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party saying we should “quit to survive”. Who’s right? We put our own challenge to two London MEPs, Lib Dems’ Sarah Ludford and Ukip’s Gerard Batten:

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Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick wants youth employment to be a priority

One of the major events of the year in Parliament is when the Chancellor reveals his budget for the year ahead. Economic recovery is at the forefront of everyone’s minds now more than ever. A better economy means something to every household whether it’s job security, better wages or just more opportunity.

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East London Humanists Chair Paul Kaufman critiques Michael Gove’s theatre review

Members of our group went to watch Oh What a Lovely War at the Theatre Royal in Stratford.

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West Ham MP Lyn Brown says the budget won’t help struggling families

Last week’s Budget showed just who this Government is out to cultivate and to reward: the wealthy fortunate enough to have savings, people able to put aside £15,000 a year for a rainy day, those who got the millionaires’ tax cut last April, and big energy businesses already profiteering at your expense.

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Brad (left) and James from The Vamps sign autographs. Photo: David Mirzoeff

Picture Gallery: The Vamps sign albums for fans in Stratford

Hoards of screaming girls flocked to Westfield Stratford City to meet teen boyband The Vamps.

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Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.

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