North East London hyperlocal portal Friday 25 May 2018

Plaistow & West Ham news

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.

Plaistow woman plans charity trip to Rwanda 

7 Feb

A Plaistow woman will brave an obstacle course, sprint through a muddy bog and host a charity games night to help tackle poverty in Rwanda.

Plaistow teacher wins award for leadership skills 

5 Feb

The head of science at a Plaistow school has received an award after being recognised for his leadership skills.

Plaistow cancer patient backing partnership providing electricity bill support 

24 Jan

A cancer patient from Plaistow is encouraging others diagnosed with the disease to take advantage of a scheme allowing them to heat their homes without worrying about the cost.

Education secretary Damian Hinds visits Plaistow school 

19 Jan

The new education secretary has visited a Plaistow primary school to award it a share of £45 million.

Appeal to identify First World War soldier and family pictured in Plaistow 

12 Jan

Do you recognise the family in this photo...

Plaistow electrician takes on tough TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins 

12 Jan

An electrician is trading plugs for press-ups after signing up to gruelling television show SAS: Who Dares Wins...

View from the Assembly: We must invest in police not make cuts 

9 Jan

I am sure that many of you will share my concerns regarding a number of violent incidents that took place across London over the festive period.

CCTV footage shows gunman shooting two boys, 16, in Plaistow chicken shop 

3 Jan

Horrifying CCTV footage has emerged which shows the moment a gunman burst into a chicken shop in Plaistow and shot two 16-year-old boys.

MBE for Plaistow bellringer in New Year Honours list 

2 Jan

A Plaistow bellringer has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list bybeing made a MBE for services to campanology.

Hyperlocal & blogs

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.


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.

Re-electing Lyn Brown – Forest Gate, West Ham & Canning Town 

11 May

Picture collage from canvass in Forest Gate North on Tuesday evening, West Ham ward on Wednesday evening and a Labour stall outside the busy West Ham Station tonight (which is confusingly not in West Ham ward but Canning Town North).

West Hammers at Home and Away (Ilford North) 

7 May

Picture collage from yesterday's (Saturday) Labour campaigning in West Ham and Ilford North.

On the knocker in Plaistow South 25 March 

14 Apr

On Saturday 25 March I helped out again, the Plaistow South Labour Party branch on a campaign day with local Councillors and activists.

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