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

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It's that time of the year where many students are preparing their UCAS applications for university. There are a number of things to consider when applying to university: courses, qualifications and references to name a few.

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I recently visited the SKS Swaminarayan Temple in Green Street to join local councillors, Stephen Timms MP and the mayor of Newham to celebrate Diwali.

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Newham Council has launched a budget simulator to show residents the cost of keeping their most used services.

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Christmas is just 41 days away, as we launch the 42nd annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

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

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There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and measles cases rising across the UK.

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A former Paralympic cyclist accused of gluing himself to the top of a plane at London City Airport has denied causing a public nuisance.

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A councillor has accused a Devon business owner of "pandering to racists" following a war of words on Twitter.

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The current mayor's planning applications from London City Airport in Custom House and MSG Sphere in Stratford have both triggered vociferous campaigns.

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In parliament, over the past few years, so much effort has been consumed by Brexit. It's clear why: bad deals like Boris Johnson's will hit the poorest hardest. A No Deal Brexit is unthinkably worse.

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West Ham fans are set to get on their bikes to ride between the club's old and new grounds.

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A primary school in Stratford held an event to commemorate important figures and movements within black history.

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

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A group of Plaistow pupils visited 10 Downing Street to attend a preview of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

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

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Ex-West Ham and England striker Carlton Cole recently joined me at Chelsea FC to help launch the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee's report on hate crime, where he discussed his own experiences of dealing with racial abuse on and off the pitch.

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A young life ended, a future destroyed and a family heartbroken. He was a pupil from St Bonaventure's Secondary School in Forest Gate and the school community is also grieving.

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The mother of severely disabled youngster Tafida Raqeeb, who was transferred from a Whitechapel hospital to Italy for continued life-support treatment, has said she is seeking Italian citizenship for her daughter.

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A severely disabled five-year-old girl whose parents won a High Court battle to move her abroad to continue her life-support treatment has arrived in Italy.

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A sick five-year-old girl is set to fly out to Italy after her parents won a High Court battle over her treatment.

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A former Paralympic cyclist accused of climbing on to a plane at London City Airport and gluing himself to it has denied causing a public nuisance.

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A gym based in the Royal Docks is offering free anti-bullying workshops for children during October half term.

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Over the last few weeks, towns and cities across the UK have been welcoming students for their first term at university, or welcoming back current students.

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That great English patriot, Rudyard Kipling, who wrote 'If', and 'Kim', and 'the Jungle Book', once suggested that we cannot know ourselves as a nation until we have seen what we look like from the perspective of others.

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A group of home-educated children have had their artwork displayed at Canning Town library for Black History Month.

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The mother of a severely disabled girl who won the right to take her daughter to an Italian hospital has called for the law to be reviewed.

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

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Welcome to my first column as chairman of the City Corporation's West Ham Park Committee.

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Last week I visited Dublin with the Brexit Select Committee, led by our chairman, Hilary Benn.

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Meet NewVIc alumni Anastasija as she reflects on her journey from sixth form to her first year at university.

"Newham Music is the award-winning Music Education Hub for Newham, striving to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to make music," says Jill Meredith, Development and Communications Officer at Newham Music Academy.

"Don't underestimate the importance of what a musical education can do for your child. Music creates a positive, vibrant culture for young people in schools and communities and is a great way of celebrating their abilities and achievements, as well as supporting and enhancing their learning" added Jill as she explains how taking part in musical activities can help children develop socially and exposes them to a host of opportunities they wouldn't find elsewhere.

Ana Lissa, who is progressing onto her level 3 course at NewVIc, says : "You'll be amazed with all it has to offer"

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