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Plaistow basketball player Dominic Norton sets up his own IT consultancy business 

12 Jul

A 24-year-old entrepreneur has spoken out about the opportunities available for children from poorer backgrounds in Newham.


Man deliberately knocked down twice in Plaistow hit and run 

11 Jul

Police are hunting a hit and run driver who knocked a man down deliberately - twice.


Teenager stabbed in Plaistow 

13 Jun

A teenager has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in Plaistow.


Plaistow man jailed for killing cyclist he punched after argument 

11 Jun

A man who punched a cyclist from his bike, causing him to hit his head and die, has been jailed for manslaughter.


Two teenagers rushed to hospital after ‘acid attack’ in near Tube station 

1 Jun

Two teenagers were attacked following an ‘altercation’ in the street (Picture: Google Maps) Two teenagers were rushed to hospital following a suspected acid attack in east London.


Thugs spray liquid in 18-year-old’s face in suspected Plaistow acid attack 

1 Jun

Neighbours rushed to to the aid of a teenager left in agony after a liquid was sprayed in his face in a suspected acid attack last night.


Plaistow singer Mumzy Stranger takes part in charity campaign for east London’s muslim community 

30 May

A singer from Plaistow has been taking part in a Ramadan campaign to learn more about children’s charity, Barnado’s.


Bereaved husband loses wife’s treasured garden in suspected Plaistow arson attack 

30 May

A Plaistow widower lost his wife’s final legacy in a vicious arson attack last week.


Art collective to deliver workshops in Plaistow about using recycling to make art 

25 May

An art collective is teaching people in Plaistow and Canning Town how to make sculptures out of recycled materials.


Plaistow man jailed for stabbing teenager during ‘aggresive and atrocious’ knife fight on Tube 

11 May

A Plaistow man who was involved in a violent knife fight on the Tube has been jailed for eight years.


Free breakfast offer as secondary school in Plaistow controversially becomes an academy 

9 May

A secondary school in Plaistow has controversially become an academy after joining a high-achieving trust behind one of the most successful GCSE results in the country.


School in Plaistow celebrates diversity in week of international food and arts activities 

8 May

A Plaistow primary school has just finished a week-long celebration of its’ pupils’ diversity.


Jailed: Plaistow man who stabbed boy, 16, in ‘despicable’ Upton Park brawl 

3 May

A Plaistow man has been jailed for stabbing a 16-year-old man in a mass brawl in Upton Park.


Plaistow barber scoops community hero award from pair he mentored as troubled teenagers 

3 May

A barber mentoring youngsters was given a community hero award by two men he steered away from trouble as teenagers.


Women led to safety during Plaistow flat fire 

30 Apr

A woman was led to safety by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus after flames broke out at a Plaistow flat.


Plaistow teen wins a place at King’s College London Mathematics School 

25 Apr

A talented student from Plaistow has been offered a place at a prestigious specialist sixth form after passing a rigorous two-hour problem-solving exam and giving two impressive interviews.


Plaistow club organises run in memory of Masterchef contestant who died after collapsing during London Marathon 

24 Apr

Runners are set to take to the streets of Plaistow in memory of a former Masterchef contestant who died after collapsing during the London Marathon.


Plaistow charity boss: Youth service cuts creating a ‘ticking timebomb’ 

16 Apr

A charity boss has warned cuts to youth service budgets have created a “ticking time bomb”.


Scout leader from Plaistow jailed for ‘appalling and evil’ sex acts against young boys 

13 Apr

A scout leader from Plaistow who preyed on boys as young as nine has been given 11 years in jail.


Robot ‘surgeon’ at Royal London Hospital operates on Julia, 62, and she doesn’t feel a thing 

11 Apr

Julie Lister has had a hysterectomy under the knife of a robot ‘surgeon’ at the Royal London Hospital without any pain and was back at home in Plaistow the next day—and doing fine.


Plaistow man charged in connection with car crash in Ilford 

9 Apr

This is the aftermath of a crash which left two cars mangled on the driveway of a house in Ilford.


Jailed: Plaistow mechanic for role in £5m money laundering scam 

4 Apr

A Plaistow car mechanic who set up fake firms as a front for a £5.3 million money laundering scam has been jailed for six years.


Q&A: My Newham 

3 Apr

Lorna Maffei moved to Plaistow from Italy so her dad could look after her dog, Baloo, while she was at work.


City gives £90,000 to ‘Alternatives Trust East London’ to help destitute mums 

29 Mar

A charity in Plaistow helping pregnant women in east London who are homeless or have been in abusive relationships has received £90,000 to expand its services after a surge in demand.


Plaistow pitbull rips out dog’s tooth and leaves him needing stitches 

22 Mar

A pitbull attack in Plaistow left a woman’s dog with a missing tooth, head wound and gashes in his mouth and neck.


Fundraiser launched for seriously ill toddler with rare brain cancer 

21 Mar

A fundraising page has raised thousands of pounds for a seriously ill toddler from Plaistow with a rare brain tumour.


Plaistow man linked to machete attack gang jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine 

8 Mar

A Plaistow man linked to a gang who carried out a machete attack last summer has been jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine.


GPs and pharmacists using computer programmes to treat TB in Plaistow 

2 Mar

A GP and pharmacy in Plaistow are using computer software to treat TB patients.


Plaistow teen in stolen car charged after police pursuit from Southend to Ilford 

21 Feb

Three teenagers caught driving a stolen car have been charged following a police chase from Southend-on-Sea to Ilford.


Plaistow councillor Forhad Hussain to step down from Newham Council 

16 Feb

Cllr Forhad Hussain has announced he will not be standing for re-election in May.


Plaistow teen who spoke little English four years ago wins a place at Cambridge University 

7 Feb

A Romanian teenager from Plaistow who barely spoke English when she arrived in the UK just four years ago has won a place at Cambridge University.


Hyperlocal & blogs

Time to close the Red Door? 

14 Jun

By Conor McAuley On 18 July last year Newham Council’s Strategic Development Committee, after a long discussion, approved a major planning application (No 17/00951/FUL) to build 100 flats in buildings ranging from 2 to 23 floors at London Road E13...


Damp or Condensation? is it caused by “lifestyle” or is it actually overcrowding? 

1 Jun

Yesterday evening I went on an inspection of 8 flats with Newham London Housing management and technical officers to this block in Plaistow following some horrendousreports of disrepair damp in the block.


Plaistow from the 15th floor 

30 May

View from 15th floor of Victoria Point E13 Newham London overlooking Plaistow .


Vote Labour (& Co-operative) 

3 May

In West Ham Ward, London Borough Newham.


London, Newham and West Ham Labour Action team 

2 May

My favourite2018 local election campaign picture so far.


Spring Blossom during West Ham Ward #Labourdoorstep 

26 Apr

What I enjoy about campaigning in May is all the beautiful spring blossom.


West Ham postal votes – Putting people at the heart of all we do 

21 Apr

In between speaking in a seminar on the Divestment of Council Pension schemes in fossil fuels I was also speaking to West Ham ward postal voters as well as taking pictures of fly tips, litter and other things using my #LoveNewham app...


Conversational solitude 

19 Apr

On the Tuesday morning after Easter I waved goodbye to my brother and nephew at Norwich station and wandered off to catch a train back to London.


Finally… 

4 Apr

The last remaining places on Labour’s slate of candidates for the local elections next month have been filled.


West Ham Labour Easter 

1 Apr

An Easter college snapshot of campaigning mostly in West Ham ward but elsewhere with our Newham Labour Mayoral Candidate, Rokhsana Fiaz.


#Labourdoorstop Weekend – Mayoral Candidate Rokhsana Fiaz & Lyn Brown MP lead West Ham Campaign teams (& an evening off with Nina Simone) 

25 Mar

Photo collage of a busy weekend for West Ham Labour.


The speech that never was – West Ham Ward Labour Councillor selections 2018 

27 Feb

Since on Saturday I was affirmed by West Ham ward members as a Councillor candidate for May, I was not able to give my speech - so will blog it here instead :) "My name is John Gray and I have lived in Newham for the last 30 years and have been ...


Newham council 2018 -22 (probably) 

26 Feb

The Forest Gate North candidates and their supporters Over the past two weekends Labour members in Newham have been selecting the 60 candidates that will contest May’s local elections.


Re-selected as West Ham Labour (& future Co-operative Party) Councillor Candidate 2018 

24 Feb

I am very pleased that I was reselected today as a Labour Party candidate for the local elections in May 2018 for West Ham ward in Newham, London.


Planning Battle Won for More Social Housing (War continues) 

20 Feb

I was really proud tonight of West Ham Ward residents who objected, organised and worked hard to oppose a planning application that would have robbed local people and the homeless of chance of homes at an "affordable" or social rent.


25% so-called “Affordable” Housing is not enough! West Ham Branch Labour Canvass & Petition about former Ford Car showrooms development. 

18 Feb

Picture collage from last Sunday when I was with Cllr John Whitworth and a West Ham CLP Labour team campaigning in my ward, West Ham.


Over and out? 

15 Feb

Councillor Forhad Hussain is not seeking re-selection as a candidate for the elections in May.


Cllr John Whitworth withdraws from Newham mayoral challenge to support Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz 

2 Feb

Newham Recorder "Cllr John Whitworth has announced he will no longer be challenging Sir Robin Wales to be Labour’s candidate for the mayoral elections and will instead be supporting Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz’s bid for selection.


Day 3 of Newham Mayoral Trigger fiasco – Plaistow North & South Massive Vote for Open Selection 

1 Feb

There was a BBC news crew outside the selection meetings last night I understand.


Day 2 of Rerun Newham Labour Mayoral Trigger – Canning Town North & Custom House vote NO for an open selection 

30 Jan

This is turning into a massacre.


Newham Mayoral candidate admits he will lose “trigger” 

29 Jan

A very interesting evening tonight.


Getting fit with Labour (apart from eating chocolate cake) 

28 Jan

Picture collage from yesterday's Labour campaign session in my ward, West Ham, with our MP, Lyn Brown (and Cara, her infamous Labour attack dog).


Custom House Ward is 2nd branch to hold Newham Mayoral Trigger – 7.30 Tuesday 30 January at Ascension Church E13 

24 Jan

Custom House ward will hold the 2nd West Ham ward Labour Party trigger (out of 10) on the Newham Labour Mayor on 7.30pm Tuesday 30 January in Ascension Church, Baxter Rd, London, E16 3HJ.


Newham Labour Supporters for an Open Mayoral Selection – West Ham Ward is First! 

22 Jan

Newham Labour Mayoral Rerun Trigger Ballot is Go, Go, Go! The rerun is starting next Monday 29 January 7.30pm at the West Ham CLP Headquarters, 306 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 for my favourite Newham ward, West Ham.


#Labourdoorstep in Plaistow North 

13 Jan

After my Councillor surgery this morning I went over to Plaistow North ward to help out knocking on doors and speaking to local residents about the forthcoming Council elections in May.


West Ham Ward Councillor Report 7 December 2017 

7 Dec

Councillor Report to Ward 7 December 2017 WEST HAM WARD LABOUR PARTY tel: 0203 373 2615 or email John.


NEWHAM TRADES COUNCIL – Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary FBU 21 November 

13 Nov

Invitation to our next Newham Trades Council meeting Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack.


West Ham CLP Events & Campaign Grid (29/9/17) 

30 Sep

Campaign Events Grid Saturday 30/9/17 11am Royal Oak, Hale End Road IG8 9LN, Canvass, Alan Griffiths lead, West Ham CLP Secretary, Chingford Marginal ( It’s a Labour National Campaign Day!) Saturday 30.9.17 11-2pm Bobby Moore Statue, Central Park Rd...


Fly tipping, 24th August 

24 Aug

Squatters are dumping refuse along outside of building Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Plaistow Road, E13 Report on FixMyStreet...


The Greenway incident 

27 Jul

Don't worry, this one doesn't end badly.




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