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Sunday, February 23, 2020

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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 But it speaks volumes about our outdated institutions.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.

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

The result of last December's general election was disappointing for the Labour Party, but I am very grateful for the trust of more than 40,000 West Ham residents who once again voted for me.

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

Making decisions for your future can be very overwhelming. Particularly students in Year 10 and 11 who are now thinking about their post 16 study.

I have been very pleased to be able to support the recent launch of Irons Supporting Foodbanks at West Ham Football Club, a component of the nationwide Fans Supporting Foodbanks scheme, where football fans collect and donate food for the needy.

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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.

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.

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