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If you turn left on leaving East Ham station and cross Burges Road, the shop on the corner is covered in distinctive green, blue and white Lycamobile posters. Readers may recall this used to be a shop where you could join the AA, which still owns the building. Then it became a Gnanam Telecom telephone calling office and sold Vectonecalling cards.
On paper, Newham is the place to be over the next 20 years as London moves eastwards bringing new jobs, new homes, new leisure facilities and new opportunities.
Tower Hamlets police sent out a tweet (@MPSTowerHam) recently to say that no residential burglaries had been reported overnight. Somebody replied to say that was nothing to boast about. I disagree. There are 254,000 residents in the borough and the fact none of them had their home broken into is a good result.
The Queen’s Speech – which was delivered to Parliament this week – set out the government’s agenda for the coming year.
What almost unique feature does our Parliament share with Iran? It is the right of unelected male clerics to decide on the laws of our land.
I want to write something about marriage. It will only – obliquely – be about the debate on same-sex marriage, because I think that the controversy about this has created a smoke-screen around something far more important, far more profound.
This week I would like to discuss Taser, the Met’s newest tactical weapon.
Following in the footsteps of greatness is exactly what Newham residents are going to be doing this summer as our legacy from the London 2012 Games gets going.
It’s never a good idea to start a paragraph using the acronym ‘Libor’ if you want people to read on, but I like to live dangerously. A survey was undertaken recently where the public were asked whether they believed the banks misbehaved in fixing Libor. Something like 90 per cent said ‘yes’. The next question on the survey asked whether they knew what Libor was. Most didn’t! The problem is most people have a good sense of what is right and wrong, what we need and don’t need, but economic jargon; debt, deficits, triple A, triple dip, growth, austerity, simply switches people off.
If you were to approach a stranger on the street and ask them what’s the biggest national issue for them right now I bet they would say it’s the economy. It’s certainly been the talking point for 2013 so far, closely related and sometimes the same as the big debate we’re having on welfare.
Not only does the sex trade damage local communities, it also leaves sex workers vulnerable and open to exploitation and abuse.
The shocking events in Boston last week served to remind us just how vulnerable great public events in cities can be.
Last week we heard that many children in east London didn’t get into their first choice of primary school. In total, 16% didn’t get their choice, meaning that they will have to travel away from their local school, often to a different one from siblings and friends.
This week, I would like to discuss the serious issue of cyber-bullying and young people.
The streets were gleaming with shining scooters on the hottest day of the year so far as hundreds parked up for the Big Mayday East End Scooter Festival.
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Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.