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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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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.

Foodbank demand is rising. Trussell Trust statistics show 3,554 three-day emergency food supplies were given Newham residents last year. 1,400 went to children.

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Last month we marked the fifth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's opening.

This week is Journalism Matters week - the News Media Assocation's new campaign to promote news media journalism. Here NMA chairman David Dinsmore calls for the benefits of journalism to society to be properly acknowledged.

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Every year on April 28, I try to participate in a Workers' Memorial Day event, to remember those who died at work.

As anyone who is involved with a school, a place of worship or a youth club knows, safeguarding has become a matter of the highest priority.

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

The Newham community's ability to come together never fails to inspire me.

Since 1892, the University of East London has been pioneering futures: from the rapid manufacturing changes of the second Industrial Revolution to the technological discoveries of the third to where we are now in the fourth - a period of constantly-evolving digital, physical and creative advances which are changing the modern workforce.

At the last meeting of Newham full council I joined colleagues in backing a pledge that puts saving lives and our environment at the heart of my administration's priorities.

I have co-signed a letter pressing the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to release additional funding for security in places of worship.

Our doorbell rang on March 15, heralding the arrival of my daughter and I ran downstairs barefoot, missed the last two steps and went flying!

As most people are dreadfully aware, the Brexit crisis drags on and on. Many of us are frustrated and angry. I know I am.

An old argument over "religious freedom" has hit the headlines again in an unpleasant way. The new row concerns a curriculum called 'No outsiders in our school.'

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Birkbeck, University of London, Stratford, employee Hester Gartrell speaks about uni life, apprenticeships and graduate employment

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The club opened its doors at London Stadium to offer homeless people vital services and respite from life on the street.

"We now need a global response to racist, right-wing ideology". The words of New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, resonate around the globe in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy, which saw 50 people murdered by a right-wing terrorist at a local mosque.

Our children's services were inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) last month. Their report shows that our services are rated inadequate.

Every morning, new headlines about stabbings involving young people fill me with sadness, disgust, and fear.

The NR F1 Podcast talks Valtteri Bottas's Melbourne win, the Mercedes and Ferrari Australian Grand Prix conundrum and looks ahead to Formula 1 in Bahrain.

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