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With more than 70,000 people in Newham experiencing a mental health problem each year and 29,000 affected by anxiety and depression, making 24/7 support available to those facing mental health crisis is a vital part of providing responsive and effective health services.

It's only a couple of weeks into 2020 but we are speeding on with making sure we are delivering the manifesto pledges I made to residents. A big piece of work is Newham Council's budget for the next three years, which is due to be set in March at full council.

Since becoming a teacher, Christmas has always been a time when I have tried to switch off completely from work.

Labour has just suffered its worst election result since 1935. The Conservatives will be able to do whatever they choose in government.

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

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

It's Christmas - the season of peace and goodwill - except that, what with the election and everything else, both peace and goodwill have been in short supply this year. But there's still time to make a difference.

We are in the sweet spot. The stress of the election is over, the worry of food shortages can't kick in till next year even if they are real, so now we have Christmas. It's time to eat, drink and be merry.

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As 2019 draws to a close, I reflect upon the impact the University of East London (UEL) has made on our students, staff and local community.

Terrorism has again reared its ugly head with the London Bridge attack, resulting in the tragic deaths of two young people.

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Everything seems bigger and better in America.

In the 60s, my sister and I looked forward to with eager anticipation to Saturday afternoons!

As Autumn turns the trees to an oxidised red and the leaves drop to the ground like the end of Adam and Eve's date night, we all know what happens next. Our hopes of a Sunday morning lie-in are ruined by some fussy neighbour and their leaf blower.

Newham boasts a remarkable emblem of human ingenuity.

Whilst we are in the middle of another huge national political moment, I am pleased to be able to give you an update about more local matters - the future of the former plant nursery beside West Ham Park.

One year ago, we celebrated the launch of the Players' Project, which we believe is the most ambitious and integrated community programme ever created by a Premier League Club.

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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.

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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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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Over the summer the University of East London has been designing an innovative new programme based around the theme of mental wealth to enable our students to develop professional fitness.

No-one can have missed the fact that Boris Johnson closed parliament on Monday, September 9. The prime minister is clearly scared that, if MPs like me are allowed to do our jobs, we'll expose his appalling mishandling of Brexit and halt his destructive No Deal plans.

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The prorogation of parliament displays our prime minister's patent disregard for parliamentary democracy and has shown that he is prepared to ignore his complete lack of mandate and risk running the country into disrepair to please a fringe group of Eurosceptic zealots.

So many of our communications are conveyed electronically these days; I get thousands of emails and texts which all look the same and so it was a very special treat, when it was my birthday recently, to pick up the post and to find, hidden between the catalogues and circulars, some real handwritten messages!

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Last week I visited Newham University Hospital to launch our consultation on plans to tackle poor air quality, which kills 96 residents in our borough every year.

Pesky wasps! They appear as if from nowhere around August each year, spoiling picnics, causing panic. They are unloved as much as bees are loved. What possible use are they?

More than 50 patients have benefitted from organs and tissue donated by Tom following his sudden death at the age of 22 while playing hockey in December 2015.

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