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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Seven years after Stratford International station opened, it is time to bring international rail services to Newham.

There has been a street market at Canning Town for over 200 years. In the ‘60s and ‘70s Rathbone Market was one of London’s leading street markets. Sadly in more recent times the market has declined, reduced in size and lost customers as Canning Town itself has experienced immense change. However, the decline has been halted and Rathbone is now entering a new phase of growth and development.

Those who don’t live in Newham might be surprised to learn that one of the highlights of our social calendar is a celebration of the life and work of the Scottish poet Robert Burns - but we have a number of proud Scots in our midst, few prouder than our Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, who led the tributes and the dancing at our Burns’ Supper recently.

David Cameron, once again, targeted Muslim women, by attacking their lack of English speaking skills.

Holocaust Memorial Day falls this week. Its theme is, Don’t Stand By.

We’ve got a very exciting year ahead at the park and, as usual, there are lots of ways for Newham residents to get involved.

From the Dambusters to the Great Escape, there are many great stories of wartime heroes.

Sir Robin Wales

On Wednesday, January 27 we will gather at Stratford Town Hall to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We will light candles to remember those who lost their lives to the sickening atrocities of Nazi persecution and commemorate the liberation in 1945 of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Newham has the youngest population in England and we want to make sure that children and young people are able to easily access and use health and wellbeing services in the borough.

I’d like to begin by wishing everyone in east London a very happy new year.

Many will welcome the decision by our Newham MPs not to support Cameron’s plans to bomb Syria.

America is up in arms about arms. Iranian Shias and Saudi Sunnis are at each others’ throats.

For me the start of each New Year always brings renewed energy, enthusiasm and hope for all.

The warm glow of Christmas and New Year festivities, and wonderful time spent with family and friends, brighten the inevitable dark and cold of January.

Happy New Year! 2015 has been a fantastic year on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and I hope you enjoyed all the park has to offer.

Sir Robin Wales

On behalf of everyone at Newham Council I would like to wish you all a happy New Year.

Shagufta Nasreen.

I would like to wish everyone a happy festive season and a very happy New Year 2016!

Elwin Cockett Archdeacon of West Ham

2015 has been a tough year for many people in Newham.

The government has just sustained a massive defeat in the courts in proceedings brought by the BHA (British Humanist Association).

I planned to highlight the negative impact Osborne’s Autumn Statement will have on Newham in this column.

I read with interest the recent flooding in the Lake District was caused by climate change.

It’s just over two weeks to go until Christmas and everyone is frantically running around looking for that last minute gift or seeking out the top selling toy that no one has in stock anymore or buying enough food to last through to next Christmas.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales on united Newham

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The world can sometimes be a scary and intimidating place, where difference and ignorance can lead to fear and isolation.

I’ve just come back from Belo Horizonte which is where the British preparation camp will be ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, and it was great to see what was on offer.

How should we respond to the evil of terrorism?

There are many poor Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Christians in the world, but they don’t go blowing other people up, or themselves up, because they have a grievance with their lack of financial status.

The horrific terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIS in Paris, Bamako and Beirut were at the forefront of everyone’s minds in Parliament this week. There is no justification whatsoever for such abhorrent violence.

Home Secretary Theresa May has achieved the interesting feat of uniting the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society in common cause.

Recently I spoke at the Olympic Stadium to mark 10 years since we won the bid to host the 2012 Games, and to mark the official launch of the Foundation for FutureLondon, a charity that will deliver arts, culture and creative education programmes on Queen Elizabeth Park and in surrounding boroughs.

David Goldstone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation

We now have one more major event left: the Race of Champions on November 20 and 21.

We’re in the season of remembrance; we’ve had All Saints Eve, or Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day when we remember all those people who have died who weren’t recognised saints – almost everyone then! - with Remembrance Day and Armistice Day soon after it’s appropriate that we recently had a conference called Dying Well in Newham

Earlier this year I focussed a column on the need for a local history museum in Newham - something the borough has not had since the Passmore Edwards Museum at Stratford, which was closed by the council in 1994.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms will miss West Ham

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I hosted a reception in Parliament for West Ham United Foundation the other week.

Our residents in Newham are enjoying a trickle of good news about the extended opening hours of libraries!

The government decision to cut tax credits have once again been in the news over the past week. This time because the House of Lords got involved and voted to delay to tax credit cuts until the government come forward with protections for low income families for at least three years.

Like many children, I used to love the old rhyme, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!”

About 10 years ago, and certainly before the Iraq war, people with an interest in world affairs would say that if you solve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, you will cure the ills of the Middle East.

For me Remembrance Sunday is a poignant time of the year, linking us with those who fight in the conflicts of today and with those who did so in times past.

Weather experts are forecasting the coldest winter on record for over 40 years.

Parliament’s first debate last week was about superfast broadband. From all sides, MPs complained about inadequate broadband speeds and long delays.

The kerfuffle over Jeremy Corbyn not singing the national anthem may have died down, but the issues have not gone away.

International rugby league is coming to Newham and being from East London, I can’t wait.

I am very proud to have made a choice to live in Newham, the community here is very vibrant, diverse and has countless opportunities to progress in every walk of life.

The findings of the Department of Communities and Local Government English Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 indicated that Newham had progressed from being the second most deprived local authority in England in 2010 to now being the 25th most deprived authority.

The Tory Party conference in Manchester was an unedifying spectacle.

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