Wed, 09:34
Elwin Cockett Archdeacon of West Ham

A friend of mine has just had to turn down a well-paid job in London because he couldn’t afford to house his family here.

The start of the Rio Olympics brought back memories of the wonderful games our capital hosted in 2012. Those games spurred on massive transformation in our local area and the changes were evident when I visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park recently. West Ham marked their first game in the park with a win and I wish them the best of luck for the new season!

With the European Championships, Wimbledon, Olympics finished and the Paralympics to look forward to – this summer has been jam-packed with sport.

The 2016 Olympic Games are under way in Rio and Team GB are on track to equal their success at London 2012.

The so-called ‘democratic deficit’ was a powerful argument for leaving the EU.

The short sighted draconian cuts in youth services across the country, including here in Newham, has resulted in hundreds and hundreds of clubs, activities, holiday programmes and youth camps to close, leaving thousands of young people without any form of provision.

The liver is a vital organ, removing toxins from the body.

I remember a time when I was a sub-editor on the Daily Jang London and used to travel from East Ham to London Bridge in 1995.

As the world enjoys the greatest show on earth in Rio, with West Ham having kicked off their first season at the stadium and tickets for the Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit proving to be a summer scorcher, there’s no better place to be in London this summer than Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, scene of those unforgettable four weeks of sport in 2012.

I grew up in a fifth floor flat in Silvertown. We didn’t have any outside space, which is why I value my little garden in Plaistow so much. I have tried to make it a haven for wildlife, though the hedgehogs still ignore the specially purchased hedgehog house.

Unsurprisingly, now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, the EU is re-examining whether it can offer us a better deal; a seven-year emergency brake on immigration.

In Newham, we have one of the youngest populations in England. We also have the highest number of people aged under 25 living with diabetes in the country.

One of the “tingle moments”’ of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, here in Newham four years ago, was Emeli Sandé’s singing of Amazing Grace.

As we reach the fourth anniversary of the London Olympic Games it is a good time to reflect on the ongoing legacy residents continue to experience.

Nice brought home yet again the terror threat we all face.

Recently, I bought a new electric toothbrush and when I went online to extend its warranty, I was amazed to be asked for my date of birth!

Whatever your view on the EU referendum, you will probably agree this country has a very different feel and mood from pre-Brexit.

Days like the Great Newham London Run and family run on Sunday show the real value of the investment that Newham Council made to become co-owners of the former Olympic Stadium.

It is a very long time since I had careers advice at school. I wouldn’t say it was particularly good. But at least I had some. Too many young people today don’t get any.

So, I joined the campaign to Vote Leave and take back control.

Four years ago the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were about to kick off.

It has been almost a fortnight since the European referendum and the result is still being hotly debated, but we must respect that the people have spoken across the United Kingdom and voted against remaining a part of the European Union.

One of the more encouraging sights in the past couple of weeks was that of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Mayor of London welcoming leaders and young people of all faiths for a celebratory iftar at Lambeth Palace.

I want to encourage residents to improve their health, have fun and discover their local area by taking part in the Beat the Street challenge.

Should flower arranging determine which school a child can attend?

East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

For more than 150 years, east London has been shaped by railways. High Speed 1 made it possible to host the 2012 Olympics at Stratford. We can all see the big changes now under way there. Crossrail will have a big impact when it opens in 2018-19. Heathrow will be less than an hour from Manor Park or Custom House.

With the long summer holiday around the corner, I am sure parents are looking for suitable childcare arrangements if they are in work and/or opportunities to occupy their children during the long break.

Ramadan Kareem, to all! I was going to write about Ramadan but heart breaking news changed it all.

Lyn Brown, West Ham MP

This week, as a nation, we make the most important decision in a generation, one that will impact upon our nation’s wealth and well-being, upon job opportunities and security, for us, our children and our grandchildren.

Summer is here – and that means it is time to ride the Slide!

My husband Christopher and I have just returned from a gorgeous holiday in Madeira, that volcanic island which lies quietly in the Atlantic Ocean, four hundred miles or so off the coast of West Africa.

This week (June 12-18) is Diabetes Awareness Week.

The stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is used to rocking to the sound of applause for athletes like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. Now it has been rocked by music.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

The referendum on Britain’s EU membership is approaching fast.

It annoys me when the referendum remain camp claim they have won the economic argument, as though our economy is so wonderful now and staying in is the way to keep it in shape.

The recent BBC documentary on why whites are moving out of Newham and the growing community concern about the West Ham statue and whether it should stay at the Boleyn or move to Stratford, although very different issues, are both stimulating residents to discuss their immediate heritage and that must be good for all.

This part of England has an interesting relationship with royalty. The territory that is now Newham was once part of Essex, of course, and supported Cromwell against the King in the Civil War.

The election of Sadiq Khan is a momentous leap forward in the evolution of our great city. It could be described as our “Obama moment”.

The State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech are always lavish and exciting occasions, but the pomp and ceremony have masked a government coming apart at the seams. The Tories are bitterly fighting amongst themselves. Whilst Cameron’s eye is on Europe, his potential successors are sizing up his job. A Tory Game of Thrones!

Last night (Tues) the BBC broadcast a documentary claiming to look at how immigration and white flight is impacting the make-up of Newham’s population.

One of the main reasons for leaving Europe is the continual pumping out of ever more burdensome regulations.

Recently, SATs for Year 2 pupils have caused a fair deal of controversy between parents and the government.

The House of Commons recently debated government plans for a national school funding formula from April next year.

We are busy on the park preparing for a spectacular summer of events.

Newham has the youngest population in England and one of the highest birth rates.

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