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Parliament will be dissolved next Monday.

his time last year we were putting the finishing touches to the south of the park as we prepared to open.

There are three types of people in this world. Those that can count; and those that can’t count. Think about for a second and hopefully the penny will drop.

Last week the NHS launched an online calculator that predicts when you might have a heart attack or stroke. It is called “check your heart age”.

May’s general election is the most important in decades.

It is a sure sign that the general election is just around the corner, when you cannot switch on the television or pick up the newspaper without reference to the fast approaching election on Thursday, May 7.

Last week, Tower Hamlets Council completed its annual budget process.

In a recent report, Labour MP and London mayoral hopeful, David Lammy said it was wrong to base punishment for shoplifters, as the law currently stands, on the monetary value of the items stolen.

In the past week we have seen figures released by the Institute for Financial Studies which paint a horrific picture of the size of cuts local authorities are facing up and down the country.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, probably isn’t going to suffer the fate of 12th-century Thomas a Becket, happily.

God’s spring offer to us is the chance to do a bit of life-laundering!

It’s been a big week for the Olympic Park this week.

Have you seen the BBC documentary, Inside the Commons?

Stephen Fry recently caused a stir on an Irish religious affairs programme when asked what he would say in the unlikely event of meeting God at the gates of heaven.

Every year, GPs in Newham offer free health checks to adults with a learning disability to ensure any health issues are identified and treated early. We are thrilled that Newham is rated top in London for supporting these residents to have a health check.

Regular readers know I’m the Shadow Fire and Communities Minister. Recess Week gave me the opportunity to visit fire stations up and down the country. I was privileged to meet many brave public servants and I’m delighted to report that Cara the Dog was a hit everywhere.

Tax avoidance has been a big issue in the news as of late, particularly in relation to HSBC.

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Newham hosted a groundbreaking conference last week which saw nine London boroughs coming together, to explore how powers could be devolved from central government to a more local level.

Since it was first mooted that there should be in single currency in Europe back in the ’90s I have always believed this to be dangerous step, where an economic policy misadventure would ultimately end in political peril for the people of Europe.

I was greatly encouraged, but even more frustrated by the article on last week’s business page – ‘Dock development must not repeat Canary Wharf mistake’.

Last Thursday was National Voter Registration Day.

As we move towards spring and summer, now is a great time to get more involved with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - whether it’s volunteering at an event, or giving us your views at a residents’ meeting.

My topic this week is the esoteric subject of prayers before council meetings. It may be esoteric, but it occupied a good chunk of parliamentary time in a debate on January 16.

Regular readers will know we lost dad just before Christmas. After losing mum, dad found things very hard and, as his illness progressed, we needed to bring in additional support to help to care for him.

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But what do other parties do with their 404 pages? This you’ll want to see.

The Labour leader could soon be in a town near you.

The fire was apparently started by a gas explosion and left 19 people injured, four critically. Two people remain unaccounted for.

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