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Upper Road Medical Centre in Plaistow told to improve in three months or face closure 

23 Feb

A GP practice in Plaistow faces closure unless it improves the quality of care it offers to patients in the next three months.


Plaistow drug dealer jailed after breaching suspended sentence 

22 Feb

A drug dealer who ran away from police officers who attempted to question him has been jailed.


Teenager, 18, missing from Plaistow 

13 Feb

Daniel Hussain was last seen in Plaistow wearing a grey tracksuit and black trainers.


Plaistow college’s baked bean tasting makes savings 

9 Feb

A tin of baked beans is a tasty treat for some, but for others the humble dish offers useful lessons in money management.


Two new Plaistow developments approved 

2 Feb

Two developments featuring a total of 86 homes are set to be built by Red Door Ventures.


Man dead after Plaistow flat fire 

31 Jan

A man from Plaistow has died from burns sustained at a fire his home earlier this month.


Plaistow and Newham jobcentres to close 

26 Jan

Two Newham jobcentres are to close along with several others around the country as the government targets “under-used” buildings.


Plaistow man charged with driving crimes 

23 Jan

A 20-year-old will appear in court after being charged with multiple offences.


Crash leaves man with serious head injuries and closes Plaistow road 

20 Jan

A car crash last night left a man with serious head injuries.


Memories of a Plaistow music legend 

10 Jan

After wowing his adoring fans for decades, Plaistow-born pop legend David Essex hung up his microphone at the end of last year with a farewell tour taking in venues up and down the country.


Plaistow photographer wants ‘everyone to know’ his name 

6 Jan

Freelance photographer, Alfred Bronson, wants to make a name for himself across the world.


Business expert gives company in Plaistow a huge boost 

3 Jan

Retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis has given a Plaistow company a significant boost on Twitter...


Plaistow widow warns of number plate cloning dangers 

23 Dec

A great-grandmother handed hundreds of pounds worth of parking fines after crooks cloned her number plate has spoken out about the ordeal.


Managing debts a Plaistow family affair 

23 Dec

Getting into serious debt can be easy, but for one man, paying back thousands in loans became easier after the birth of his children.


Plaistow land grabbers dig in 

16 Dec

Gardeners have been cultivating Newham’s soil for generations, whether in one of the borough’s parks, in their gardens or in an allotment.


Plaistow neighbours’ anger as sewage floods homes 

14 Dec

Neighbours who have been plagued by raw sewage flooding their homes for months have called on their housing association to do more.


Plaistow father alarmed by bites after son’s school trip 

13 Dec

A father has raised concerns about an outdoor education centre after his son returned from a school trip covered in bites.


Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales lays final bricks for 17 new homes in Plaistow 

8 Dec

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, officially marked the completion of 17 new homes by laying the final bricks.


Plaistow primary celebrates John Curwen 

2 Dec

He’s the man whose efforts to simplify how music is written inspired the song Do Re Mi from the musical The Sound of Music.


Mourners flock to say final farewell to Jordan Bari 

22 Nov

Around 100 mourners attended the funeral of shooting victim Jordan Bari today at East London Crematorium in Plaistow.


Plaistow, New Hampshire votes for Donald Trump in US election 

15 Nov

The results are in – and our American namesake chose Trump.


Man sentenced to 20 years for Plaistow pub killing 

14 Nov

A man who killed a pubgoer with a kitchen knife after a bar brawl has been jailed for 20 years.


Plaistow pub brawl killer found guilty of manslaughter 

11 Nov

A man has been convicted today of the manslaughter of a 29-year-old man who died after a pub brawl.


Jury considers verdict in Plaistow pub murder trial 

10 Nov

The jury in a trial of a man accused of murdering a pubgoer is deciding its verdict.


Plaistow paramedic wins Pride of Britain award 

10 Nov

A Plaistow paramedic and her colleagues have received a Pride of Britain award for their life-saving work.


Jury considers verdict in Plaistow pub murder trial 

8 Nov

The jury in a trial of two men accused of murdering a pubgoer is deciding its verdict.


Stratford man wanted by police in connection with Nico Ramsay murder arrested 

3 Nov

A fugitive sought by police in connection with the murder of Plaistow teenager Nico Ramsay has been arrested in Venezuela.


Woman in 70s loses right to stay in Plaistow home where she grew up 

1 Nov

A woman in her late seventies has lost a legal battle to stay in the house she has lived in her whole life.


Plaistow pub murder accused ‘shouted someone’s going to die’, court hears 

31 Oct

A man who was stabbed in the build-up to a pub brawl that ended in another man’s death told a court today that one of the accused shouted “someone’s going to die tonight” before knifing him.


Plans for 77 private-rented flats on derelict Plaistow site 

25 Oct

A pair of semi-detached homes and 0.3 hectares acres of derelict land could be flattened to make way for 77 new private-rented flats.


Newham Philharmonic to perform special concert at Plaistow school 

14 Oct

While the capital’s iconic classical music venues are undeniably grand, to some they may feel intimidating spaces.


Hyperlocal & blogs

Silvertown tunnel 

25 Jan

Councillor James Beckles (Plaistow North) on his blog today : Monday 23rd January it was our first Newham Labour Group after the Christmas break.


Councillor Report to West Ham Ward 5 Jan 2017 

5 Jan

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


As it stands 

18 Nov

After the first set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at nine wards to three in favour of automatically reselecting Sir Robin Wales as Labour’s candidate.


Labour councillor ‘prepared to challenge’ Sir Robin Wales as 2018 Newham mayoral candidate 

14 Nov

Check out report in Newham Recorder online "A councillor has said he wants to “challenge” Sir Robin Wales as the Labour Newham mayoral candidate for 2018, the Recorder can reveal.


Mr Cenz and his Art Creation in West Ham 

20 Oct

Picture from last week of West Ham ward Councillors (John Whitworth, me and Freda Bourne) with street Artist Mr Cenz (on right), in front of his fantastic mural in Church Road junction with New Plaistow Road, E15 (next to William Hill bookmakers).


Mr Cenz starts new Street Art Mural In West Ham 

3 Oct

I stopped off today to say hello to Street Artist, "Mr Cenz", who is creating a mural inWest Ham ward, Church Road junction with New Plaistow Road, E15 (next to William Hill bookmakers).


E13: A place for playing 

31 Aug

E13 covers West Ham, Upton Park and Plaistow.


Tiger, Tiger burning bright in West Ham 

3 Jul

What a terrific street art painting in my West Ham ward at Holbrook Road junction with Plaistow Road, West Ham.


Be a Labour Councillor training for UNISON activists by LGA Labour Group 

4 Jun

Recently I have spoken at two training sessions organised by UNISON Labour Link for our activsts on becoming Labour Councillors.


Visions of scrutiny 

13 May

Next week sees the annual general meeting of Newham council’s Labour group.


Matricide In Plaistow – 1895 

3 May

Emily Coombes was worried.


“London Mayoral election – a week till polling day” – West Ham Campaign plan 

29 Apr

"If you have any time over the next week you could ensure we get London a Labour Mayor.


Campaigning for Sadiq in West Ham, Stratford & Forest Gate 

19 Apr

Collage is from my last 3 canvassing sessions in West Ham ward, Stratford and Forest Gate North.


A week of campaigning for Sadiq Khan as Labour Mayor of London in West Ham 

9 Apr

Some pictures from the door knocking that has been going on by various ward branches in West Ham Labour Party during the last week.


West Hammers out Khanpaigning in Green St, Plaistow & Custom House 

20 Mar

It has been a busy weekend for West Ham Labour.


Pothole, A112 Plaistow Road o/s no, 196, 18th March 

18 Mar

Pothole, approx 0.5x0.5m in front of 196 Plaistow Road, tarmac completely missing exposing cobbles below.


Forest Gate North Labour Party Branch Special meeting 

4 Mar

Results from the 2nd Forest Gate North AGM/special meeting held last night.


Standards and Noor 

1 Mar

Newham council’s standards committee is meeting tonight (Tuesday 1 March) to consider the Monitoring Officer’s report on a complaint made against Councillor Ahmed Noor (Plaistow South).


Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news 

18 Feb

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… London Underground Tube bosses today apologised after huge overcrowding on the Victoria line forced one of its busiest stations to be temporarily closed during the morning rush hour.


West Ham Ward Councillor Report 

8 Jan

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ALUMNI SWAPS LONDON FOR LA 

6 Jan

AN old Bonaventurian touched down back at his old school on the first day back after the Christmas  break yesterday, January 5, and told staff about his new life after winning a scholarship and playing American Football for East Los Angeles College.


Getting to Work Shouldn’t be a luxury. But Tory Tickets Cost a Fortune. 

4 Jan

This morning I was outside Plaistow Underground station with West Ham Labour Party comrades handing out leaflets on fare rises to commuters going into work.


LOBOs. Cllr Gray’s Response to Newham Council’s Annual Treasury Management Report 2014/15 

10 Dec

I spoke after Cllr Whitworth raised concerns on this item 14 at Monday evening (7.12.15) at Full Council.


West Ham Councillor Report: November 2015 

10 Nov

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A bluffer’s guide to Boleyn 

9 Nov

History  Boleyn ward came into existence in 2002, following a major reorganisation of boundaries in Newham , which reduced the number of wards from 24 to 20.


PC Nina Mackay 24 October 2015 

24 Oct

This morning I was present at a memorial tribute to murdered PC Nina Mackay .


Super diversity in Plaistow 

14 Oct

Diversity and cohesion in Britain’s most mixed community – John McDermott writing in the Financial Times about Plaistow “If London is the most diverse city in the world, and Plaistow is the most diverse part of the city, Plaistow might be the ...


West Ham Corbynistas Fashion Gurus 

1 Oct

This brilliant photo was today featured in The Guardian's fashion page " Get the Jeremy Corbyn look ".


Issue 32 Up Your Street 

7 Sep

  Mon 7th Sep free FutureLearn on Internet  A free course about Wordsworth.


The Aftermath of Mary Nichols’s Murder 

4 Sep

In the days that followed the murder of Mary Nichols, early September was ushered in on a front of atrocious weather that saw heavy rain cause extensive flooding in the East End of London.




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