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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?

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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.

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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.

Going to the theatre is definitely one of my favourite things to do and whether it’s a pantomime or an intense political drama, that time immersed in another world is a real joy for me.

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When I was elected last May, I made it clear that my priority as set out in my manifesto was to put people at the heart of everything Newham Council does.

You may be forgiven for thinking the government has little time at the moment for issues other than Brexit.

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When I grew up in Newham we weren’t in any way a rich family, but we always had food on the table.

In 2011, as shadow employment minister, I spent many days debating the Welfare Reform Bill. The Bill introduced Universal Credit.

Royal Mail worker Mahmood Iqbal about growing up in the borough, his schooling and the need to support the poorest and young people in communities

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Taking a break gives us time to enjoy life a little more; to read that book we’ve been meaning to get round to; to explore and discover the cultural wonders that this city has to offer.

Charity fundraiser Nina Wade speaks about making Newham her home, a chance encounter with Richard Attenborough CBE and the importance of tackling gang violence

View from the Assembly: Campaign against police cuts continues

Jodie Fink is an A-level tutor at Newham Sixth Form College in Plaistow. She spoke about education funding, opportunities, inspiring students and her family’s long association with the borough

Can you imagine how you would feel if a loved one popped out to the shops and never returned?

It is a real pleasure to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best possible New Year.

The world is in turmoil, those in charge are struggling to keep on top of things, and the rest of us are feeling hard-done-by. What better time could there be to remember what Christmas is all about?

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Throughout this autumn and winter, the south meadow area of West Ham Park, which is managed by the City of London Corporation, is being re-landscaped with funding from the GLA’s Community Grant Scheme.

Omer Bashir is a teacher and former student at Rokeby School in Canning Town.

I recently attended the launch event of the Players Project by West Ham United at the London Stadium.

The prime minister has published her draft withdrawal agreement with the European Union.

I received my first Christmas catalogue in August, before I went on holiday, but now the decorations are up in the High Streets and advertisements are urging us to prepare for the great material feast of Christmas.

Having taken part in the London Legacy Development Corporation’s free Creative Opportunity Programme for young people who want a career in the creative and cultural sector, Tobi Bolanle is now following his dream of working in the film industry.

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Last week, the United Nations came to Newham. They were here to listen to charities and local people give evidence about the effect of record levels of extreme poverty that blight our society.

Please forgive a note of personal triumph. This year I completed my 250th Parkrun, and I’ve got the shirt to prove it.

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