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Scottish Saltier flying above Stratford Old Town Hall

BIG DEBATE: Scottish Referendum—better together or better apart?

The Scottish Saltier is flying over the old Stratford Town hall with Newham Council backing the ‘Better Together’ campaign as Scotland votes tomorrow on whether stay in or quit the UK. Newham’s directly-elected mayor, Sir Robin Wales, is a proud Scot and an ardent supporter of a United Kingdom who genuinely believes we are better as a united island. The ‘yes’ voters who want an independent Scotland have won support, unsurprisingly, from English Democrats who believe England should have its own Parliament—like the Scots—because they believe we would prosper without having to support the rest of Britain:

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Newham Borough Commander Tony Nash urges us to keep valuables out of sight

In the past few weeks we had a rise in theft from cars to the east of Newham around Little Ilford ward and a rise in mobile phone snatches by men on bicycles around Canning Town and Beckton.

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West Ham MP Lyn Brown will abolish bedroom tax

This parliamentary session seemed likely to be uneventful. Not so.

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CEO The Renewal Programme, Chaplain to the Queen Cllr Rev Canon Ann Easter is only human

It’s funny what people think about those of us who wear clerical collars; people have expressed surprise that I use money, that I swear (only those who’ve never met me before!) and that I get fed up and argue with my husband and children, among many other things. And they don’t expect me to be down, gloomy or miserable.

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School without uniforms... New Directions pupil referral unit

BIG DEBATE: Back to school, making pupils wear uniform—right or wrong?

Pupils are back to school for the new term, many with new uniforms if they’re joining a new school. But some parents in east London finding it tough making ends meet question whether expensive uniforms are necessary. Government regulations say head teachers can discipline a child for not wearing a uniform—and some heads do. A pupil can be suspended or even expelled if they repeatedly ignore the uniform rules. Schools like Tower Hamlets’ Bishop Challoner have a strict code, while alternatives like Newham’s New Directions pupil referral unit say uniforms can be a barrier to some pupils and don’t have an impact on how well they do in the classroom..

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman is supporting our NHS

As the vote for Scottish independence approaches the debate is shifting to how best to protect the future of the NHS. Scottish nationalists claim creeping privatisation is rapidly eroding the very principle of free medical care on demand and say the future of the NHS is not safe with Westminster.

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Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales says Government has to do more for free school meals

This week, free school meals for pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are extended across England. Many heads have already spoken to the media about the challenges of implementing the scheme with a lack of Government support.

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Co-founder/senior advisor Community Links Kevin Jenkins wants our young to achieve and stay in Newham

I would like to add my congratulations to all of Newham’s 16 and 18-year-olds on their outstanding educational achievements highlighted in the Recorder over the past couple of weeks.

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Chair of Newham CCG and GP Dr Zuhair Zarifa on mental health care in Newham

The tragic death of actor Robin Williams last month demonstrates that, no matter who or how successful you are, mental health issues such as depression can affect anyone.

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Is 'no win, no fee' legal justice costing us more pot holes?

BIG DEBATE: Whether the government should stop ‘no win, no fee’ cases

The government is being urged to clamp down on “opportunistic” no-win, no-fee accident claims which the Local Government Association says is “draining taxpayers’ money” from public services. Claims for trivial incidents risk highways and education budgets because lawyers talk people into making claims with no-risk legal fees, the LGA says. Compensation claims for accidents on neglected roads last year alone totalled £31m — the cost of filling 600,000 pot-holes! But George Woodhead, a barrister covering courts in east London and elsewhere, and director of thelegalaide.co.uk, says such pot-hole justice will limit people’s access to rightful compensation:

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Island Gardens Cllr Peter Golds wants the role of Tower Hamlets Mayor to change

The newly elected Tower Hamlets is finding its feet. Whilst the membership has changed, no fewer than seventeen of the forty five councillors are newly elected, other things remain constant. At our first full business meeting in July the Mayor, as usual refused to answer questions from either councillors or the public.

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Newham Borough Commander Tony Nash highlights other work police do

This week I’d like to highlight the fantastic work that Newham police carry out with our local young people and communities.

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East Ham MP Stephen Timms says Scotland is an integral part of the UK

Next month the people of Scotland will vote on independence. It is a momentous decision affecting the whole of the UK. We don’t have a vote in England. I shall, though, be visiting Scotland in a couple of weeks, before the referendum, to support the Better Together campaign and urge a “no” vote to independence.

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West Ham Archdeacon Elwin Cockett says Middle East events can’t threaten Newham’s diversity

The news from the Middle East in recent weeks has been disturbing. When we see pictures of the children of Gaza, or of refugees fleeing from ISIS in Iraq, it is right to feel deep sympathy for those who are suffering, and natural to feel anger towards those who are causing it.

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Vocational training course run by Circle-Old Ford Housing

BIG DEBATE: Whether exam pressure comes at a cost and if vocational training is the answer

Pressure to do well in exams has seen east London emerge with top grades in A-levels and GCSE. But there is disquiet among some fearing for youngsters falling out of mainstream education. The University of East London sees higher academic education as a right fore everyone, not just an elite, that should be protected for the good of the wider society from spending cuts. But a major housing organisation, Circle-Old Ford with its social housing from Bow as far out as Rainham, is urging schools and colleges to “ease up” and steer those who don’t do well in the classroom towards more vocational training to prevent them falling through the net:

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Court & Crime See all

Atek Hussain was 32 when he was stabbed to death outside his East Ham home

Police appeal 20 years after East Ham dad stabbed to death

Detectives have launched a fresh appeal for answers to help solve the death of a father-of-three 20 years on.

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Prince Harry lifts the trophy after team

Video: Prince Harry plays “murderball” at the Invictus Games

If you missed any of the Invictus Games action at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or want to relive it, check out our video and picture gallery.

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Opinion See all

Scottish Saltier flying above Stratford Old Town Hall

BIG DEBATE: Scottish Referendum—better together or better apart?

The Scottish Saltier is flying over the old Stratford Town hall with Newham Council backing the ‘Better Together’ campaign as Scotland votes tomorrow on whether stay in or quit the UK. Newham’s directly-elected mayor, Sir Robin Wales, is a proud Scot and an ardent supporter of a United Kingdom who genuinely believes we are better as a united island. The ‘yes’ voters who want an independent Scotland have won support, unsurprisingly, from English Democrats who believe England should have its own Parliament—like the Scots—because they believe we would prosper without having to support the rest of Britain:

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Features See all

Steve Howe will be performing at Stratford Circus

Guitarist Steve Howe to perform Stratford Circus show

Guitarist Steve Howe is taking a break from performing with the reformed prog rock band Yes to play a one-man show at Stratford Circus tonight.

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Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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