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Sunday, September 15, 2019

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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.

What is important to you about home?

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

September is my favourite time of year.

On May 1, parliament voted to recognise a climate emergency rightly recognising it as the world's most pressing political concern. All governments must understand and act on this desperate issue, but sadly too few world leaders see it that way

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When you make an appointment with your GP, you rightly expect the best possible care from someone who is professional, helpful and compassionate.

I was part of the panel at the 200-strong residents' meeting convened by Royal Wharf Residents' Association- one of the best organised I have been to in all my years in Newham politics.

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Since its establishment after the 2016 Referendum, I have been one of six Labour members of parliament's select committee on Exiting the European Union, chaired by Hilary Benn.

Today is the national day for play in the UK, celebrating the child's right to play, and highlighting the importance of play in all aspects of children's lives. ***

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We reached a major milestone this month when the Mayor of London attended the ground breaking ceremony for East Bank, which will be a world-class cultural and education district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Boris Johnson as prime minister: what a sad day.

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Earlier this month, it was an honour to march with over a million others at Pride in London.

This summer will long be remembered for the England Cricket team's World Cup triumph.

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West Ham Park has a rich and diverse cultural history spanning back over 400 years. In 2004, English Heritage awarded the site Grade II status on their Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

Last week my cabinet colleagues and I took another step towards creating a task force to find a long term solution to the increasing levels of rough sleeping and street homelessness in the borough.

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The University of East London recently held a Research and Knowledge Exchange Conference which showcased the amazing research being conducted at the university and how it is making a difference to the people of Newham.

In April, Swedish school student Great Thunberg brought her campaign against climate change to the UK parliament.

This is a terribly worrying time for many of us. The government is in chaos, because of the Tory Brexit and the Tory leadership contest.

In my new role as Commissioner for InterFaith Dialogue, I recently hosted our first meeting of Newham United for some representatives of faith groups in the borough.

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There have sadly been three violent murders in Newham over the past month.

Belief in man-made climate change is no different from religion. So said Lance Forman, newly elected Brexit Party MEP for London, writing for this column in 2015.

After all the anticipation, the FIFA Women's World Cup is in full swing and has really started with a bang.

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Further education providers are embedded in communities in a way that no other educational institutions are.

Polish airline LOT is new at London City Airport, flying to Warsaw and Budapest. At the beginning of May, it added a new destination: Vilnius, capital of Lithuania.

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Almost every week, terrible stories fill the media about UK children affected by poverty, despite being the fifth richest country in the world.

Year on year, emergency departments up and down the country see more and more people.

Just last month, the London Mayor's office published data on our city's air quality. It makes for pretty stark reading.

Over the past month, I have been speaking at Ramadan gatherings across east London and local people have rightly expressed their concerns about hate crime in the aftermath of the tragic terror attacks in Christchurch and Colombo.

It has been a year since the people of this borough put their faith in me, giving me the privilege of becoming Mayor of Newham. Since then, we've been delivering on the promises I made last May, but there is a lot more to do.

The latest figures from The End of Child Poverty Coalition, indicating that the numbers of children living in poverty in Newham has increased to 51.8 per cent of the child population, are just devastating and can no longer be accepted.

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