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Sunday, January 14, 2018

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

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.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, January 12, 2018

John Bergin is CEO of Newham Music, an award-winning charity providing music education to children and young people in schools throughout the borough.

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.

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

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

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games shone a spotlight on east London and kick-started regeneration.

I was alarmed to read recently that the University of Glasgow has done some research which shows that grandparents can be seriously detrimental to their grandchildren’s health!!

Having lived in the borough for more that two decades, Andrea Popeau-Thomas is excited about the future as Westfield and the Olympic legacy keep Newham ‘on the map’

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

Politicians talk about wanting a high wage economy. They can’t really mean it, as that would result in a globally uncompetitive Britain.

Q&A: Music lover Nnenna Ukachuku

Friday, December 1, 2017

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.

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

The stream of revelations from the past about public figures has included some horrific cases, including serious abuse, rape and assaults that even then would have been shocking if public.

Trouble at the London Stadium at the start of the football season led the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee to launch an investigation into safety issues in and around the Olympic Park.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, November 17, 2017

Patricia Nibbs is a longstanding Newham resident with no desire to move as she says living in the borough ‘is a charm’.

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

Another can has been kicked down the road, another decision avoided by this indecisive and incapable government.

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?

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

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’!”

Being the shadow minister for police and fire services was the highlight of my parliamentary career so far.

Haseeb is currently part of The Fi.ELD, East London Dance’s future innovators programme for 16 - 25 year olds.

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.

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