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The English indices of deprivation 2015 were recently published by the government.

Do you know the story of the 13 people who were killed by being burned to death locally in front of a baying crowd of onlookers?

Many of my patients have a friend or relative who care for them because they are elderly, unwell or have a disability requiring extra support.

I was in New York for the third meeting of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief last weekend.

Hurrah. Dave – the builder – Cameron has announced that one million new homes are to be built in the UK in the next five years. How he plans to do this, I do not know, as the building trade is reportedly short on skills.

Suddenly, since the newly-elected leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, appeared not to sing God Save the Queen at a recent memorial service, people are talking about the National Anthem.

As a child, I loved Paddington Bear. With his floppy hat, his duffle coat and his liking for marmalade, he was a very appealing character, and the stories about his life with an everyday London family were great fun.

Even by Parliament’s standards, it’s been an interesting fortnight. Our new leader faced Cameron like Jeremy, (or should that be David), versus Goliath.

In case you missed it, two of the latest adornments to the House of Lords have now been revealed.

I recently had the opportunity and privilege of visiting and experiencing the Brick Lane Music Hall, located in Silvertown squeezed in between Tate and Lyle and London City Airport. A stunning authentic music hall has been recreated in the former St Marks Church.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has set aside £525,000 of public funds to fight the expansion of London City Airport.

This August has seen the commemoration of a particularly gruesome milestone in human history, the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

While September marks back to school, for the park, it signals a return to the stadium, as we gear up for an autumn of world class events.

Song lyrics and books conjure languid images of “lazy, hazy, long, hot days of summer,” with blue skies, dappled shade, far horizons and idyllic tranquillity.

If you received a letter from your utility supplier which stated as follows “Your contract will renew automatically, your prices will be protected and your supply will not be affected” what would you think?

Ironically, given it is the one thing we all have in common, death is, for the vast majority of us, something you just don’t think or talk about, let alone plan for.

The former council tenants who sold their Covent Garden flat recently for £1.2million, having bought it in 1990 for £130,000, have done well.

Thousands of young people have been tearing open envelopes containing their exam results. I paid a visit to Royal Docks Community School and Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre to meet students as they received their results.

Local people told us they wanted to see a GP at their own GP practice without having to wait a long time for an appointment.

Just once, I forgot a funeral I was supposed to be conducting!!

Last week, I met the local team from Pension Wise. It’s the government-backed advice service on the new flexibility being allowed in drawing down pension savings. In Newham, the service is provided by East End Citizens Advice Bureau.

Thousands of local residents are enjoying the celebration parties held to mark the 50th anniversary of London Borough of Newham.

It’s incredible to think that three years have gone by since the London 2012 Games.

Newham’s heritage is deep and rich and it has often been so influential in shaping our national heritage too, especially in respect of the growth and development of the working class along with the wider labour movement.

Regular readers know that, each summer, I share my holiday reading material. Some folk kindly email me their own reading lists to entice me, or suggest titles they feel supplement my choices.

Three years ago, six east London boroughs came together to deliver the best Olympic and Paralympic Games in recent history. With the momentum still bubbling from that success, new partnerships have been formed in this region.

We know that tuberculosis (TB) is a big problem. Your local NHS, Newham Council, GP practices and pharmacies are all working hard to both raise awareness and tackle TB.

It seems Jeremy Corbyn is the new front runner to be Labour leader, and this is putting all sorts of people on edge.

Earlier this year Raif Badawi was stripped and given 50 lashes with a whip at a public flogging in Riyadh.

I am a big fan of West Ham United’s new manager, Slaven Bilic.

Manor Park Station will be transformed when the full Crossrail service starts in 2019. At peak times, 12 trains per hour will run to central London: Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Paddington.

The trouble with politicians is think they can trump economics with politics and it works sometimes, but never for long.

East London Radio, “Our best kept secret radio station” – their words not mine – was founded in 2013 as a not-for-profit social enterprise and is entirely run by volunteers, it has already given hundreds of east Londoners the chance to learn about and make local radio.

What a nasty Budget Osborne hit us with. There are far more losers than winners. He tries conning us that a minimum wage is a good wage to live on. He scrapped maintenance allowances for the poorest students and massively cut further education; and made his mates’ Porsches cost the same to tax as an electric car.

Sharing photographs of a historical or architectural values, taken from the public grounds are both, an exciting hobby and a job for many of us.

With the first stage of transformation work now complete, the stadium will open on Sunday for the sold-out Great Newham London Run.

On Sunday, Newham residents have the opportunity to return to the Olympic Stadium as part of the Morrisons Great Newham London Run - and I’ll be lacing up my trainers and joining them on the start line for this amazing event at our stadium.

Recently, I was invited to take part in the Cliff Walk Church Mission Conference as a member of a panel of Christians who live and work here in Newham.

Worried residents have been in touch ahead of today’s ‘Emergency Budget’.

Many of my female patients live such busy lives that sometimes they forget to look after themselves. I would like you to give yourself the gift of health and take the time to get checked for breast cancer.

This Parliament started with a bang. We’ve had the European Union Referendum Bill, The Scotland Bill, Education and Adoption Bill, and next Wednesday, we get an ‘emergency budget.’

I read with some interest, that the mayor will be asking residents which services they want to see stay, change or close.

In general, Great Britain is getting better at making provision for people with disabilities, I’m pleased to say. Things aren’t perfect, as anyone in a wheelchair will tell you, but improvements being made to public transport, for example, are well-thought-out and helpful.

Each week more and more candidates are putting their names forward for London Mayor and each has their own particular spin, style and substance.

Since the beginning of the year we have seen ever increasing numbers of men, women and children leave the shores of Africa in the hope of making it to Europe.

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