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As I arrive at NewVIc for another day of hearing about funding cuts, staffing shortages and spiders, I see a large group of students being very loud, perhaps some would describe as intimidating, hanging outside the front entrance on Prince Regent Lane.

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It’s six months since I stepped into office, there’s still a lot to do but progress is being made in key areas. That’s the reason I stood to become mayor: to deliver for residents and deliver positive change through targeted action.

Maryam Ali, from East Ham learning centre, Into University, discusses apprenticeships, the merits of further education and the inspiration behind her work

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The prime minister declared it is over, the chancellor has said it is coming to an end, and whilst this may sound like a circular argument, the only way to end austerity is to continue with it.

Last week, I had the chance to thank former East Ham councillors who stepped down in May.

German stand-up comic Alice Frick speaks to reporter Alex Shaw about hidden canals, her inspirations and male-dominated comedy clubs.

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Every year, I attend a service at West Ham Parish Church to celebrate Black History Month.

The growing numbers of local residents either increasing their awareness of and/or their direct involvement in Newham’s long and rich heritage, is welcome and greatly encouraging for all those, like myself, who believe that understanding our past helps us to understand today and improve the future for all.

Jonathan Eldridge is the co-founder of Fossil Free Newham, an environmental action group which is lobbying to stop Newham Council investing in fossil fuels.

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I recently attended a meeting organised by members of the Maryland Residents Association to discuss crime in their community, along with Mayor of Newham and local councillors.

One of the great things about east London is its open spaces.

Newham Bookshop worker John Newman speaks about his favourite authors, speed limits and accessibility in Newham as the shop prepares to relocate after four decades in Upton Park.

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As the trees start to transition in colour this autumn, the gardens at West Ham Park are beginning to look absolutely stunning.

I recently went to see Legacy, a play which explores the impact of the Olympic legacy on communities, focusing on the lives of residents on Stratford’s Carpenters Estate.

Rose Small, founder of Community Cares at Keir Hardie Methodist Church in Canning Town, speaks about supporting the borough’s young people in schools and the wider community

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At this time of year a university is very focussed on those new students joining our ranks - known in the trade as Freshers.

In September, I was on the parliamentary committee scrutinising the Offensive Weapons Bill.

October is Black History Month and, for the first time in 10 years, Newham will be officially celebrating the occasion. Eastside Community Heritage, which archives the memories of Newham’s residents, is running a number of exhibitions to mark the event.

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This month, I released ‘Policing London: A Vision for a Safer City’ that sets out 10 pledges outlining my campaign to tackle crime in east London.

2018 saw East London set a new record. But this is no cause for rejoicing. According to reports the grass fire on Wanstead Flats was the worst ever known in London.

Health advisor Laila McNeily discusses fast food, getting active and cleaning up the streets as she talks to Awil Mohamoud about her passion for the borough

As Mayor of Newham I have pledged to create a cleaner and more attractive borough for us to all enjoy and live in.

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I’ve just left NewVIc after 10 years as principal. When I joined the college, the world was a very different place.

As a youth practitioner with mental health service HeadStart Newham, Rebecca Rice has strong feelings about young people in the borough.

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On GCSE results day, August 23, I was at Little Ilford School. I was with headteacher Ian Wilson, chairman of governors Simon Mares and a large group of anxious students.

A few days ago, comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted “Why is ‘religious’ slaughter allowed in civilised countries?”

Beckton gang member turned church pastor Stephen Lumedo, 23, talks discrimination faced by young people and the need for adequate housing.

Regular readers of my opinion pieces will know the value I place on children’s and my support for the United Nations declaration that it is the ‘Right of Every Child to Play’.

On my way into work, I met three small friends, off to the local library to join in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Fresh from setting a new Guinness World Record, East Ham music teacher Pandit Sudarshan Das talks drums and drumming.

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August is a traditionally quiet political month but life has been as busy as ever at City Hall and in the constituency.

As A-level results are digested, and GCSE grades arrive, there’s no better time for ALL of us to realise that it’s never too late to make a fresh start in life.

Forest Gate’s Denis Akinmolasire published his first book, Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons, a few weeks ago.

Acid attacks, and violent crimes involving other weapons, are abhorrent. They cause deep scars, and undermine trust and good faith in our communities.

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