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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman supported the council staff and teachers strike action

Last week many of our council and teaching staff took park in national strike action against the pay freezes imposed by the government. I supported them in that action. Low pay is driving more and more people into financial distress. It may surprise readers to know the majority of those in receipt of benefits are now from working families due to low wages, part-time working and rising living standards. Everybody deserves a decent wage. I was proud that Tower Hamlets was one of the first London councils to introduce the London Living Wage, some five years ago, to support some of our lowest paid staff.‬

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Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales is leading the way for affordable and ethical credit

When I walk down East Ham or Stratford high streets and see more and more money lenders, pawn brokers and hire purchase stores, it makes me furious. These shops are charging almost laughable rates of interest, except there is nothing funny about the impact they have.

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Chairman of NHS Newham CCG Dr Zuhair Zarifa wants feedback on health services

East London is one of the most vibrant communities in the world and we deserve the very best healthcare. But this presents many challenges.

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Data Retention Bill... counter terrorism or state snoopers' charter?

BIG DEBATE: Emergency powers to fight terrorism—or a snooping charter?

Emergency powers for State surveillance on our phones and emails abroad in the war on terrorism have passed the Commons stage after a European Court ruling made EU-wide retention of data invalid. Critics say the “State Snoppers’ Charter” rushed through in a day was abuse of Parliament. Home Office Minister Norman Baker insists it doesn’t take away our Human Rights. But liberty groups like Big Brother Watch believe the promised “safeguards” to protect our privacy aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

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Khat was re-classified as a class C drug

Big Debate: Was it right for the government to ban Khat?

The decision by the government to reclassify khat, a flowering African and Arabian plant chewed or drunk as a stimulant, as a class C drug has been welcomed by health workers.

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Newham Borough Commander Tony Nash is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour

As new borough commander, I’m committed to tackling anti-social behaviour, which is one of the crimes that can make daily life unbearable for residents.

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East Ham MP Stephen Timms fondly remembers Alec Kellaway

I joined the Labour Party when I left college, got a job and moved to Newham in 1978. I found myself a member of the Little Ilford branch, and attended my first meeting soon after the 1979 General Election.

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Co-founder & senior advisor Community Links Kevin Jenkins criticises the cut in young people’s summer programmes

It has been great to read the coverage by the Recorder to the achievements of Newham young people over the past months. Far too often the only time you see young people featured in the press is in a negative context. I applaud the Recorder for the proactive stance taken.

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John Biggs AM City & East is not a sore loser providing the vote was fair

Having failed to become Mayor, I am busily throwing myself back into my work at City Hall. And there is plenty to do. For a candidate an election is a very public, and thrilling, adventure. But afterwards normal life goes on. And in a democracy we live with the result.

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Chairman East London Humanists Paul Kaufman is invited to talk to schools about faith

I have never thought of myself as a faith leader! I was therefore flattered to be invited recently, together with a number of local faith leaders, to speak to children from schools in Newham about our beliefs. It was delightful. I just hope that the children found it as interesting and stimulating as I did.

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West Ham Archdeacon Elwin Cockett celebrates cycling in Newham

Cycling around the amazing Olympic Park in the sunshine recently, I was reminded of three great names from a past age.

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Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court protesting against government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220million from the legal aid budget by 2018/19. Picture: Stefan Rousseau

Big Debate: Legal aid

The ongoing dispute between lawyers and the government over changes to legal aid, the provision offered to people who would otherwise be unable to afford advice or representation, continues to raise questions about our legal system and ideas of justice and equal rights before the law.

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Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales invites everyone to his show

I am looking forward to welcoming Newham residents, with family and friends, to the Mayor’s Newham Show next weekend, (July 12 - 13, from noon to 6pm). In Central Park, East Ham, we’ll come together for a free weekend of fun, activities and high quality entertainment.

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MD Forman & Field Lance Forman asks if political correctness gone too far

In 1953, 20th Century Fox produced a film musical in Technicolor starring Marilyn Monroe called Gentleman Prefer Blondes.

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Chair of NHS Newham CCG and GP Dr Zuhair Zarifa raises awareness of free medicines check-ups

As a GP I see many patients with conditions which mean they need to take medicines for long periods of time.

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Court & Crime See all

Police on the scene of a murder investigation at City of London Cemetery and Crematorium in Manor Park, Newham after a man was found with an injury to his neck.

Man in court charged with cemetery murder at Manor Park

A man has appeared in court accused of murder in a cemetery in east London.

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The Great British Carnival at the Olympic Park.

Pictures: Great British Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Thousands of revellers flocked to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park yesterday for the Great British Carnival.

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Opinion See all

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman supported the council staff and teachers strike action

Last week many of our council and teaching staff took park in national strike action against the pay freezes imposed by the government. I supported them in that action. Low pay is driving more and more people into financial distress. It may surprise readers to know the majority of those in receipt of benefits are now from working families due to low wages, part-time working and rising living standards. Everybody deserves a decent wage. I was proud that Tower Hamlets was one of the first London councils to introduce the London Living Wage, some five years ago, to support some of our lowest paid staff.‬

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Features See all

Jessica Butcher will star in the play

Kray twins’ girl kidnap victim has story told in East End play

A gripping and poignant tale of 1960s East End crime is coming to stage this summer.

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Competitions See all

You could be munching on some tasty dishes at Suchef St Paul's!

Win a delicious lunch for ten at Suchef

Suchef is an entirely new eating experience set to take London by storm this summer. To celebrate the launch, Suchef is offering you the chance to win lunch for ten people at their St Paul’s location.

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Celebrity / Showbiz See all

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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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