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Sunday, November 10, 2019

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

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.

What is important to you about home?

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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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