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Update on Newham Council London/Olympic/West Ham FC Stadium loses 

17 Dec

On Thursday 14 December I was at the meeting of the Newham Council Investment Accounts meeting.


Manifesto Against Blacklisting 

16 Dec

A new report published by independent think tank the Institute of Employment Rights recommends a public inquiry is conducted into the blacklisting scandal, and sets out a Manifesto Against Blacklisting, proposing changes to the law, including ...


A helping hand from the government (NOT) 

15 Dec

Love it.


A Christmas Story, East London, 2017 (In one of the richest countries in the World) 

14 Dec

I have just donated £50 to the Magpie Project in Forest Gate in lieu of xmas cards to friends and colleagues.


Stephen marks 200 years of Parkinson’s 

14 Dec

Stephen week joined charity Parkinson’s UK to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.


West Ham Labour Xmas Campaigning & Events Update 

13 Dec

Dear Member West Ham Labour Party Xmas update Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to an early general election and a Labour Government in 2018 with Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister.


“Let’s build on the brilliant Jo Cox women’s programme with leadership schemes for gay, trans and BAME activists” 

12 Dec

Excellent article by West Ham CLPer, Rohit K Dasgupta, on LabourList today.


West Ham CLP Members Fixed Odd Betting Terminal (FOBT) Consultation – Call for Action 

11 Dec

Dear West Ham Labour Party Member Newham has one of the highest number of betting shops of any London borough with 81 currently in operation, with 12 on one street alone.


London UNISON Regional Finance Convenor Nomination Request 

10 Dec

John Gray Standing for: Regional Finance Convenor Nominations close this Thursday 14 December 2017 5pm I am currently the Regional Finance Convenor, and firmly believe that strong management of our member’s money is the foundation to organising ...


UNISON Housing Associations Labour Link AGM 2017 – Keynote speaker John Healey MP 

9 Dec

Many thanks to John Healey , Labour Member of Parliament for Wentworth and Dearne in South Yorkshire and Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Planning, for being our keynote speaker at the event which took place in the House of Commons.


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Newham’s Red Door Ventures to buy Collective Old Oak 

7 Dec

EGi – News Article – Newham’s Red Door Ventures to buy Collective Old Oak : “The Collective Old Oak is close to being bought by Newham Council’s PRS developer Red Door Ventures.


Not meeting expectations 

5 Dec

By Iain Aitch Those attending Newham’s full council last night (4 December) may have been expecting fireworks, given that the loss of £52m of public funds in the London Stadium debacle had just been confirmed.


The Olympic Stadium Debacle 

4 Dec

Councillor Conor McAuley has written to all members of the council about the Olympic stadium disaster.


Then and now 

4 Dec

Then (January 2011): “Even on the most disastrous figures, even if everything goes wrong, we still make a profit on this.


Gullible 

4 Dec

Newham council on why it decided to invest in the Olympic stadium : “Our decision to invest was based on the entirely reasonable assumption that [Boris Johnson’s] administration carried out its contract negotiations for E20 with due diligence.


Taupe Friday 

30 Nov

Taupe Friday – like Black Friday but more sophisticated! For four days from Friday 1st December, Tax Return by Jim Pollard is available on pre Xmas offer.


Trigger action 

20 Nov

On Saturday afternoon the crowdfunding campaign to challenge the result of last year’s mayoral trigger ballot hit its initial £10,000 target.


TSSA trailer 

7 Nov

Cllr Salim Patel, mayoral advisor and TSSA delegate London blogger and ex-Guardian journalist Dave Hill has an intriguing account of how one union affiliate’s vote ended up in Sir Robin’s pile in the trigger ballot.


Unlocking votes 

6 Nov

A nice bit of promotion in the latest issue of the Newham Mag for local locksmith Daniel Lee.


An Olympic-sized black hole 

17 Oct

Tomorrow (Wednesday 18 October) the Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee of the London Assembly will question the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and GLA representatives on the long-term financial sustainability of the London Stadium.


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Review: Review: Rapunzel (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

12 Dec

Theatre Royal Stratford East's pantomime stars regular Michael Bertenshaw...


Features: Harlem Guys and Dolls, Menier’s Barnum and more in this week’s top openings 

4 Dec

Stratford East's panto returns and Sally Cookson takes us into Narnia...


★★★★ Binaural Dinner Date at Theatre Royal Stratford East 

19 Nov

Binaural Dinner Date ★★★★ Theatre Royal Stratford East 16 November – 3 December | Times Vary | £10 Book Tickets ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Leading immersive and digital theatre masters ZU-UK, in their latest production...


Review: Review: Reasons to be Cheerful (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

26 Oct

Graeae's touring production, featuring the music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East...


Theatre News: Cast announced for Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Rapunzel 

20 Oct

The pantomime will be directed by the venue's associate director Pooja Ghai...


Features: The Hartlepool Monkey: How a set can tell its own story 

14 Sep

The show opens in Stratford ahead of a UK tour...


World Taekwondo Grand Prix and World Para Taekwondo Championships at Copper Box Arena 

4 Sep

Taekwondo returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with four days of world-class action.


Elrow Town London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

28 Jul

Step into an eccentric world of music, games and performances at this quirky two-day festival.


Review: Review: Summer in London (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

19 Jul

Rikki Beadle-Blair's latest show stars an all-trans cast...


Get 20% off Summer In London tickets from 8-21 July 

5 Jul

Summer in London Theatre Royal Stratford East 8-29 July | Times Vary | £10-£25 Book Tickets “A hilarious new romcom play – think The Inbetweeners meets a modern A Midsummer Night’s Dream – with an all trans cast” Join four cheeky lads ...


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Sugarbirds 

17 Dec

One of the big photographic targets for the trip was the Cape Sugarbird – Mick and I had seen many images of these fantastic birds on equally fabulous flower heads and were very keen to try and get something similar.


70 year’s on 

16 Dec

Bewick's Swan : There is one record of a bird on the Basin in the winter of 1947.


Night Overground 

16 Dec

The Night Overground launched this morning.


Bust in Stratford – unidentified 

15 Dec

Researching this bust we have failed to ID the man, and worse, we've discovered that there was another bust on the building, obliterated by the 1933 remodelling of the corner, for which we can't even find a close-up picture.


London’s weekly railway news #231 

15 Dec

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train London Underground TfL is examining the potential for a tube station at Bricklayers Arms as part of the Bakerloo line extension, Southwark ...


Relationship-based placemaking: a paradigm shift 

14 Dec

In 2016, MELA Social Enterprise published a book called Connections: 12 Approaches to relationship-based placemaking.


Is Wanstead colder? A new mystery 

13 Dec

Does Wanstead have its own microclimate which makes it colder than its surrounding areas? Wanstead’s own weatherman, Scott Whitehead, who tweets as @wansteadmeteo, has blogged saying he has been comparing temperatures since the snow, and found that...


Wheatear update 

12 Dec

Back in 2014 I wrote this post about World Wheatearing – you can read it here.


Our Marketing Intern Olivia Made the News! 

12 Dec

Our Creative and Digital Marketing intern Olivia has made the news.


More Wanstead snow pics 

12 Dec

Even more after the event, but still worth sharing… these from one of our favourite photographers Jennifer Schenck.


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