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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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.

Last week, Tower Hamlets Council completed its annual budget process.

In a recent report, Labour MP and London mayoral hopeful, David Lammy said it was wrong to base punishment for shoplifters, as the law currently stands, on the monetary value of the items stolen.

In the past week we have seen figures released by the Institute for Financial Studies which paint a horrific picture of the size of cuts local authorities are facing up and down the country.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, probably isn’t going to suffer the fate of 12th-century Thomas a Becket, happily.

God’s spring offer to us is the chance to do a bit of life-laundering!

It’s been a big week for the Olympic Park this week.

Have you seen the BBC documentary, Inside the Commons?

Stephen Fry recently caused a stir on an Irish religious affairs programme when asked what he would say in the unlikely event of meeting God at the gates of heaven.

Every year, GPs in Newham offer free health checks to adults with a learning disability to ensure any health issues are identified and treated early. We are thrilled that Newham is rated top in London for supporting these residents to have a health check.

Regular readers know I’m the Shadow Fire and Communities Minister. Recess Week gave me the opportunity to visit fire stations up and down the country. I was privileged to meet many brave public servants and I’m delighted to report that Cara the Dog was a hit everywhere.

Tax avoidance has been a big issue in the news as of late, particularly in relation to HSBC.

Sir Robin Wales

Newham hosted a groundbreaking conference last week which saw nine London boroughs coming together, to explore how powers could be devolved from central government to a more local level.

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