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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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I remember getting my first mobile phone. I commuted a distance to school.

The increasing recognition of the need for a statutory National Youth Service is welcome, albeit long overdue.

Few things are more painful to watch than a child in distress.

The NR F1 Podcast previews the 2019 Formula 1 season and Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne - where Mercedes and Ferrari prepare to do battle once more.

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Football clubs and their supporters have historically been targeted by far-right groups and the so-called Democratic Football Lads Alliance are the latest example of this.

Last month my administration marked a milestone by passing our first budget. Our People's Budget delivers on the wants and needs of our residents and will steer our finances towards supporting the ambitious manifesto pledges upon which I was elected last year.

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Young people are the future, and as next week is National Apprentice Week, it's the perfect time to celebrate the fantastic work that apprentices across Newham do today as the leaders of tomorrow.

What would you give up doing if you could? Maybe you'd like to give up work (or school/college)? Or maybe travelling on crowded buses and tube trains? Or the rut you've got yourself into in your relationships with other people?

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

NHS guidance recommends that regular exercise of 150 minutes a week - that is just over 20 mins a day - can help to increase your chance of avoiding any major illness by up to a staggering 50 per cent.

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright explains why local newspapers are so important

In 2003, as minister for communications, I was on the receiving end of the UK's first ever official 3G mobile call.

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

The issue of youth violence in our city is so much more than knife and gun crime. It is a major epidemic of social, cultural and economic disaffection and disillusionment among the future of our young people.

While their botched Brexit deal continues to dominate the news headlines, the government has tried to sneak out a shoddy deal for local councils, in the hope of burying bad news.

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I attended a Royal Docks community meeting last week, to speak with some 200 residents on a number of issues.

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