I am sure that many of you will share my concerns regarding a number of violent incidents that took place across London over the festive period. In Newham over the past few days, two young people were injured in a takeaway in Plaistow after an incident involving a firearm.
During the Brexit campaign, having been active on the Leave side, doing radio and TV interviews, I must have received about twenty messages from customers, or those purporting to be customers, saying they will never buy Forman’s smoked salmon again.
Nnenna Ukachuku is a larger than life West Ham loving East London diva - she says it like she sees it and describes herself as a bit like Marmite, you either love her or hate her. She has an opinion on everything.
At the University of East London, our yearly calendar is slightly different from the regular one. August means A-level results and the start of clearing; September is the start of year, and November is graduation.
Music Entrepreneur Nelson Cabulo has enjoyed watching the borough evolve. He believes investing in young people through radical changes in education and reducing sexual violence against women are key priorities.
The transformation of Stratford has been ‘miraculous.’ London E20 has in just a few years become a vibrant new quarter boasting thousands of new homes and businesses, amazing recreation facilities, and of course a massive shopping centre. But it’s interesting to ask, how many new places of worship are there?
When Christopher and I got engaged, I showed round a nice photograph of the two of us together but one lady said “Ooh, I wouldn’t like to marry one of those! You’d go to cuddle him and he’d say ‘Now now, none of that’!”
What a mess! The fundamental challenge that Theresa May has is that the single biggest plank of her government’s policy is Brexit, yet she doesn’t believe in it and nor do three quarters of her cabinet.
Recently, I joined other MPs in pressing ministers about human rights in Burma, and the appalling suffering of the Rohingya community there. I asked the minister to press Burma to scrap the 1980s citizenship law, which stops Rohingya Muslims obtaining citizenship of the country where they have always lived.
It’s been another terrible month for Theresa May’s dreadful and discordant government. They seem continually to be fighting amongst themselves and living in a Brexit fantasy. Surely, hardly anyone still thinks them capable of delivering a Brexit that works for the majority of people in this country.
As a young lad, I grew up in a very working class community in east Manchester. My grandads on both sides of the family were manual workers; earning their living in factories, on the roads and in the mines.
Her cousins have pets so it was no surprise when my nine-year-old granddaughter said that she really really longed for a puppy to call her own and so, with the help of the lovely people at Catwalk pet shop in Barkingside, we chose a delightful Cavachon puppy (cross between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a Bichon) who has been christened Tilly, short for Ottoline, one of my granddaughter’s favourite book characters.
Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.