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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

I am pleased that a second application to the London Legacy Development Corporation to permit the construction of concrete plants near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was again turned down recently.

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.

Chris Pocklington is the managing director at Newham University Hospital. Here, he explains what the borough means to him

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Instilling pride and greater community cohesion are two key priorities for Nadia Shah, who feels the borough has a lot to offer but would like to see more social housing

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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.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Q&A: John Walker, E7 Now & Then blogger

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Done well, bloggers make online conversations challenging and interesting and JOHN WALKER is no exception. Here he explains his love for Forest Gate but craving for a clean-up of the streets

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.

Picture of the week: Looking out over Newham

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Apprehensive about going to university? Don’t be!

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.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Culture vulture Daisy Hale is ready to put her own stamp on Gerry’s Café, while celebrating the borough’s bustling way of life and profiling the grassroots movements taking place.

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The Police and Crime Committee here at City Hall will be carrying out an investigation into gun crime.

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.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Credited with restoring and reopening the run-down St Mark’s Church as Brick Lane Music Hall, Vincent Hayes speaks about his love for the community and need for more river crossings

Universal Credit has been available to all working age benefit claimants in Tower Hamlets since March.

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If my business career has taught me one thing, it’s that planning is not what it’s cracked up to be.

Speak Out Stay Safe teaches children about abuse in an age appropriate way.

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About this time of year, I like to write more light-heartedly about my ever-growing reading list.

Edna Lee Jones, Jamaican immigrant and Stratford resident since 1958, recently celebrated her 99th birthday. The former nurse is passionate about her borough and is a well-known member of the community, in part because of her regular appearences at the Tea Dance at Stratford Town Hall.

I would like to add my congratulations and best wishes for continuing future success to all the Newham young people who have worked so hard and achieved such excellent results at both GCSE and A levels.

We are clearly in the grip of a new emergence of violent crime - acid attacks.

Demonstration outside previous Arms Fair at ExCel. Picture: KEN MEARS

This week borough former Newham Recorder editor and journalist Colin Grainger answers our questions.

More clarity is needed over residential parking in Newham.

A year ago, I wrote here about what the BBC’s Panorama called ‘the scandal of the century’ – the proliferation of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals, dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the betting world.

Picture of the week: Exams

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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It’s hard not to be inspired by the success stories from this year’s A-levels.

From schools achieving record results to individual tales of hard work reaping well-deserved rewards, it’s important to congratulate Newham’s young people on their success.

Although the holiday season is upon us, life carries on at the Assembly.

This week borough lead nurse Paul McLaughlin, based at Newham Centre for Mental Health, faces our questions.

I was pleased to read that our approach to improving the attainment of our children has been praised in a report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), an evidence-based research institute.

We’ve all heard stories of people who went to university and then ended up doing jobs that didn’t require a degree.

Charlie Gard’s parents pictured outside court last month. Picture: PA IMAGES

Electric cars are not the only answer to stopping pollution on streets. Picture: PA

In my last Recorder column, I wrote about the rise of acid attacks in London.

The tragic story of baby Charlie Gard is fading from the headlines. However the dilemmas it represents will long remain a battleground.

Like many generations of my family before me growing up in Newham, I was regaled with stories about my family’s exploits and the East End’s history.

I was delighted to see the England Women’s Cricket Team win the World Cup recently, magnificently trouncing the Indian team in the finals; the women’s excitement and joy bubbled over and everyone was thrilled – even me…

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