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Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Covid-19 is making a mockery of all our hopes, but we will prevail.

Covid-19 will be disrupting our lives for a long time ahead.

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West Ham Park, the largest park in the London Borough of Newham, has been managed by the City of London Corporation since 1874, when it was opened to the public.

Our community has seen more than our fair share of tragedies during the current crisis.

For many in our community, life has changed beyond recognition.

Foremost in this column, I thank all of you who daily go to work, as essential workers, keeping our food shops open and communities safe and functioning.

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I am keeping in regular touch with the mayor, councillors and the borough’s MPs during the Covid-19 crisis.

What a strange and peculiar time we’re in. I know everyone’s calling it unprecedented, and no doubt it is, but I want to call it frightening and confusing and worrying and eerily quiet, and weirdly slow too.

Londoner Samuel Pepys chronicles the terrifying ‘Great Plague’ of 1665-6 in his celebrated diaries. They help put the hardship and tragedy we face today in perspective.

Tragically, deaths in hospitals attributed from Covid-19 stand at 16,060, with 59 from Newham, but the numbers will be higher because daily figures published by the government don’t take into account deaths in the community, including care homes.

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How are you keeping entertained during the lockdown? I’m hoping you have just shouted “By reading some excellent newspaper columns, Steve” but I won’t hold my breath.

Among all the damage from the coronavirus lockdown, charities haven’t had enough attention. Organisations we have often taken for granted are suddenly fighting for survival.

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The secret to resilience is in the stories we tell ourselves.

This is an incredibly difficult and fearful time for us all.

With so much in the news and online about coronavirus it’s normal to feel scared or confused, which is why it is so important you try and get your information from trusted sources like the NHS.

These are extraordinary and challenging times and it is more vital than ever that our community comes together in compassion and solidarity.

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Coronavirus has impacted our lives.

We are in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Select Committee on Work and Pensions had its first meeting last week, with me as its newly-elected chairman.

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In the face of a crisis we should help one another rather than selfishly panic buy.

Newham Mayor, Cllr Fiaz’s commitment to and investment in Newham’s young people, must be applauded and commended.

All party Select Committees in the House of Commons carry out much of the most detailed and effective scrutiny of the government.

Even in Newham, the recent storms were a reminder that extreme weather patterns are becoming more frequent.

Welcome to my first column of this new decade.

Many Newham families struggle financially due to low wages, insecure hours, unaffordable rents and bills. This Tory Government will just continue ignoring our problems.

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It is no secret that the world of work is changing. At the University of East London, we know that a new set of skills is needed to thrive in the careers of the future.

At a recent Plenary session of the London Assembly, I proposed a motion asking the government to fund the Metropolitan Police on a long-term basis, rather than year-to-year.

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The briefest glance through my television listings magazine reveals 15 different detective programmes shown just this week – clearly, the concept of the fight for justice, detecting wrong and catching the perpetrators is a popular one.

Last week, I joined our new 40-strong team of dedicated youth workers who are now fully in place to deliver on the promise I made to the young people of Newham that we’ll be investing in them so they can reach their potential.

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Labour lost the election, but all the issues we raised during the campaign remain. In opposition, MPs can put pressure on ministers and – on occasions – force changes to government policy. Here are some of my priorities for the coming parliament.

An ‘unholy’ row has broken out in our ‘Mother of Parliaments’. It concerns prayer cards, seating and MPs’ ability to participate. It’s trivial in the context of, say, the climate emergency. But it speaks volumes about our outdated institutions.

BAME Hammers is a new West Ham United fans group giving a collective voice to all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic supporters, which officially launched earlier in January.

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