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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anyone who has been a fan of West Ham United for as long as I have knows that optimism can be dangerous.

March signals spring and celebrations of woman kind in modern societies, it started with International Women’s Day and then Mothering Sunday.

Parliament will be dissolved next Monday.

his time last year we were putting the finishing touches to the south of the park as we prepared to open.

There are three types of people in this world. Those that can count; and those that can’t count. Think about for a second and hopefully the penny will drop.

Last week the NHS launched an online calculator that predicts when you might have a heart attack or stroke. It is called “check your heart age”.

May’s general election is the most important in decades.

It is a sure sign that the general election is just around the corner, when you cannot switch on the television or pick up the newspaper without reference to the fast approaching election on Thursday, May 7.

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