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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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My son is three weeks old. I spend my days trying to work out what he needs, and doing everything I can to give that to him.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has proved to be a vital lifeline for local people during the 2020 lockdown remaining open throughout.

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The months of living through the pandemic and the lockdown have been difficult for us all.

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

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First, I offer my sincere condolences to everyone in Newham who has lost a loved one, a friend or colleague – the thoughts and prayers of myself and all Newham’s residents are with you.

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Last week, I was delighted to attend a virtual Iftar – the breaking of the fast – hosted by the Masjid Ibrahim in Plaistow.

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

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

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

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Our community has seen more than our fair share of tragedies during the current crisis.

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For many in our community, life has changed beyond recognition.

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Foremost in this column, I thank all of you who daily go to work, as essential workers, keeping our food shops open and communities safe and functioning.

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

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I am keeping in regular touch with the mayor, councillors and the borough’s MPs during the Covid-19 crisis.

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What a strange and peculiar time we’re in. I know everyone’s calling it unprecedented, and no doubt it is, but I want to call it frightening and confusing and worrying and eerily quiet, and weirdly slow too.

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Londoner Samuel Pepys chronicles the terrifying ‘Great Plague’ of 1665-6 in his celebrated diaries. They help put the hardship and tragedy we face today in perspective.

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Tragically, deaths in hospitals attributed from Covid-19 stand at 16,060, with 59 from Newham, but the numbers will be higher because daily figures published by the government don’t take into account deaths in the community, including care homes.

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

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Among all the damage from the coronavirus lockdown, charities haven’t had enough attention. Organisations we have often taken for granted are suddenly fighting for survival.

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