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Black History Month has felt more important than ever this year.

Coronavirus is increasing again, as so many people believed and warned it would. This week, we face new restrictions.

West Ham Park has a rich and diverse cultural history spanning over 400 years.

Learning the lessons from the first lockdown, we must refine our approach this time around in Newham.

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This year has not been one any of us could have predicted or any of us would have wanted.

As we progress through autumn, we’re experiencing another Covid-19 epidemic in London reflected in an increase in cases, a sharp rise in 111 calls, hospital admissions and patients in intensive care units.

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Thus began the most interesting, fulfilling and exciting life, which still, by God’s grace, continues today.

I have taken advantage of lockdown for local exploring on my bicycle. I found a great route which starts at the back of Showcase Cinema in Beckton.

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The March 2021 census will land on our doorsteps in a short while.

The last few months have been difficult for all of us.

Good luck to any children who have gone back to school.

Amidst a global pandemic, feelings of uncertainty and fear about returning to college are held by us all.

I’m hearing a lot about public concern over burdening their GPs, which I assure you is the last thing that we are thinking about.

I have repeatedly pressed the government to lift the “No Recourse to Public Funds” restriction - which prevents many families who live and work legally in the UK from claiming Universal Credit if they have to stop work - for the duration of the pandemic.

Letters sent in from Recorder readers this week.

August is always a strange time for school leaders.

It’s absolutely clear that our fabulous NHS, and its highly skilled and dedicated staff, has saved many lives from the first wave of Covid infections.

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But it’s when the unexpected strikes that people look to what’s familiar and dependable.

The real potential for a second wave of Covid-19 infections concerns me greatly, given that recent figures once again show a rise of infections in Newham.

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I, like so many others, was saddened to learn of the passing of Dame Vera Lynn, but heartened to know that her legacy will (and must) live on.

This week and next, many young people across the borough will be nervously waiting for their grades in A-levels, GCSEs and BTECs.

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Here’s a confession: I am a petrol-head. I love fast cars and motorbikes, and I’ve owned more of them than I care to admit, from 2CVs to BMWs.

As lockdown restrictions ease, we should reflect on the lessons of the past few months.

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West Ham Park has a rich and diverse cultural history spanning back over 400 years.

As regular Recorder readers know, every summer I enjoy planning which books I’ll read during August.

The brutal police killing of George Floyd, an African American man, in Minneapolis sparked global protests over racial inequality.

The London Assembly Health Committee has started a major investigation into the Covid-19 outbreak and the lessons we must learn.

As the lockdown is gradually unlocked and we move, gently and slowly out of our confinement, I sense that we’re doing it with mixed feelings.

I hope you are keeping well and safe as more lockdown restrictions are loosened.

Last week, Parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee, which I chair, published our report into DWP’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The roots of racism lie deep, not least in east London.

Like so many, I was shocked horrified and sickened by the death of George Floyd in America and the violence that many police services in the USA have used against justified protests.

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We must all be confident in talking about racism and bold in calling it out.

It has been extremely troubling to see the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on BAME communities, with British Bangladeshis being the worst affected.

Covid-19 has hit our community hard. I don’t know one patient, relative or friend who hasn’t been affected, yet the resolve and spirit people in Newham have shown is immeasurable.

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