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Be a councillor: West Ham Womens Forum AGM 6.3.17 

25 Feb

NEW DATE ALERT!! We've been struggling to find a suitable/affordable venue for our training + I now have to stay in the Middle East a bit longer for work :-( / :-) We're still super keen for this training to happen as soon as possible so holding the ...


Hardship funds & Social care crisis: Proposed amendments to Newham Council Budget 2017/18 

24 Feb

This is my proposed amendment to the budget which the Newham Council meeting on Monday 27 February 2017 should consider.


An Evening of Palestine Solidarity – Wanstead Tap E7 Tuesday 21st March 

23 Feb

This looks interesting and just around the corner from where I live but clashes with my UNISON branch AGM.


Stephen calls on government to guarantee rights of EU citizens 

23 Feb

On Monday, Stephen supported a lobby of Parliament organised by the3million.


Stephen hosts annual Politics School 

23 Feb

The students with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan Last week – during the February half term – Stephen held his annual Politics School for ten Newham students aged 16 -18.


Angie Greenhalgh North West Female Seat UNISON Nec Elections 

22 Feb

"I am signing the Stronger UNISON pledge because I believe in doing what's right for our membership, ensuring that we stand up for their right to be treated fairly.


7 days to come out with new ideas about Newham Council budget 2017? 

21 Feb

At the Newham Council meeting next Monday 27 February 2017 there will be a free vote of all Labour Councillors on the proposed Mayor;s budget.


Remembering Eric 

19 Feb

Last week there was a packed memorial and celebration service for UNISON President and London Ambulance branch secretary, Eric Roberts, who died unexpectedly aged 67 on November 24 2016.


Labour Local Government Conference 2017 

18 Feb

I arrived in Coventry yesterday evening for my second Labour LGA conference.


LOBOs “Newham to save up to £94 million on its debt portfolio” 

17 Feb

Well I never.


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Sir Robin re-arranges the deck chairs 

23 Feb

Indisputably number two In an email sent to all councillors this afternoon Sir Robin Wales has set out his plan to revamp the political leadership of the council and re-structure the executive responsibilities.


Gotta Have Faith 

23 Feb

Councillors Hanif Abdulmuhit, Forhad Hussain, Idris Ibrahim and Mas Patel, were recently spotted meeting with a group of local imams in Manor Park.


Uncooperative 

17 Feb

A forest of arms raising points of order (picture via James Beckles’ account of the meeting ) Last Monday (13th February) I attended the annual general meeting of Newham Co-opertaive Party.


Fabian update 

1 Feb

The following statement has been issued by the national Fabian Society regarding the recent mayoral trigger ballot (my emphasis added): Since early December the national Fabian Society has received a number of complaints from members regarding the ...


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.


Biker architect ‘killed by bus driver who couldn’t see him’ 

24 Jan

On the same day the head of surface transport lectures a conference on road safety, one of his bus drivers appeared in court, accused of killing a principal architect at Network Rail, while driving carelessly and “without due care and attention” ...


Labour NEC asked to inquire into Newham mayoral ‘trigger ballot’ 

23 Jan

Nearly 50 party members in the east London borough want their national ruling body to examine claims that the process for reselecting Sir Robin Wales was flawed Labour Party members in Newham unhappy with the “affirmative nomination” process that...


Timing is everything 

22 Dec

Cllr Lakmini Shah, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding, was among those who discussed the future of the Carpenters estate last week Here’s a curious tale.


Films of the Year 2016 

20 Dec

We are drawing closer to the end of 2016, one of the worst years in living memory: the year of Trumpian fascism, Europe-wide xenophobia and the deaths of so many inspirational figures in music and cinema.


West Ham fans on film on their new stadium: a range of views 

19 Dec

Halfway through the season, some supporters of the East London club love their new home, some loathe it and others are just getting used to it West Ham’s move to what is now called the London Stadium, showpiece venue of the 2012 London Olympics, ...


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Theatre News: New musical development organisation announces partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford East 

21 Feb

In its inaugural year, the New Musical Development Collective will be hosted at the east London theatre...


Review: Review: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

9 Feb

Kirsten Childs' poppy musical gets its European premiere...


Video: In rehearsals with The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin 

6 Feb

Kirsten Childs' musical gets its London premiere at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East...


Theatre News: Kerry Michael steps down as artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 

3 Feb

Michael will leave the theatre at the end of 2017...


Theatre News: Cast announced for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin 

16 Dec

Kirsten Childs' musical will open at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in February...


Review: Review: Sinbad the Sailor (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

12 Dec

Kerry Michael directs Stratford East's annual pantomime...


Features: Ten things you need to make a pantomime actually good 

6 Dec

Artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East Kerry Michael is a veteran at pantomimes.


KENZO x H&M launches today 

3 Nov

The much-anticipated KENZO collaboration with HM launches today.


Interview with Ellen Thomas, star of The Hotel Cerise 

2 Nov

The Hotel Cerise – On now at Theatre Royal Stratford East.


Netflix’s The Crown premiere: Matt Smith and Claire Foy interviews 

1 Nov

This evening the new Netflix series The Crown , which tells the human story behind the royal veneer of Queen Elizabeth and her family, premiered in London.


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Winning on foot 

25 Feb

I can only imagine that you are desperate news of my walking challenge.


Check destination on front of train 

25 Feb

This blog abhors an inept Next Train Indicator, and Bow Road station has a particularly hopeless pair.


Bus Stop M update 

25 Feb

Poor old Bus Stop M isn't all there.


Parking consultation in March 

25 Feb

A typical parking scene, as captured by Google Streetview Redbridge Council has announced that the consultation on changes to parking – which was won by residents after a passionate campaign in January – is to take place next month.


Clean-up mood spreads 

24 Feb

Tarzy Wood.


Small mercy for pedants 

24 Feb

Good to see Judith’s new sign, and better still that the poster in the window has now been removed.


Eastern journey 

24 Feb

Oh, er, hello.


A walk on the air-side (@ LCY) 

24 Feb

London City Airport is an impossible to miss feature in the landscape of the Royal Docks area of East London and in 2017 it is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary of opening at the site in the London Borough of Newham.


Art workshops for seniors. 

23 Feb

A plethora of free and cheap art workshops currently sometimes led by professionals.


Up Your Street. Issue 7 

23 Feb

Tues Feb 28th free 11-1pm Pancakes for Claremont members at White Lion Street.


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