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“West Ham tenants’ anger over 40 per cent rent hike” 

29 Mar

"A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike...

Stephen comments on the triggering of Article 50 

29 Mar

Stephen has warned that Theresa May needs to make some compromise on the free movement of people from Europe to the UK as Article 50 is triggered.

What Brexit could mean… 

29 Mar

On what is to me a sad day I couldn't help smile at this cartoon in the UNISON members InFOCUS magazine.

UNISON London Community Service Group AGM & Seminar 6 May 17 

28 Mar

The seminar is on Housing and all UNISON members are invited.

How Tory Tribunal fees prevent justice at work. 

27 Mar

For those who think they don't need trade unions to fight for justice at work, I say think again.

One Housing Group 40% rent rise for key workers update 

26 Mar

Last Monday evening I attended a lively public meeting with One Housing Association tenants from across Newham, who are facing a 40% plus increase in their rents.

Tell The TUC: Survey on Zero hour contracts and Agency working 

25 Mar

Are you one of the 1 in 10 people in insecure work - like a zero hours contract or working through an agency? If so, we want to hear from you! Many people now have jobs that give them little or no security.

Communists, Masons & War: Forest Gate South Labour doorknock 18.3.17 with Lyn Brown MP 

24 Mar

Picture collage from last Saturday in Forest Gate South ward,West Ham CLP, London.

Fancy being a Newham Labour Councillor Candidate? 

23 Mar

This should be an interesting introduction for local Party activists but I am worried that ordinary members may attend in the expectation that they will have at least a chance to be selected as a Labour candidate.

We are Londoners: We are One 

22 Mar

I was supposed to have gone to the House of Commons this morning for a pension briefing but had to cancel due to a last minute clash.

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Spin City 

15 Mar

Mayoral ally and ‘full-time’ councillor Clive Furness has circulated his Councillor’s Report  for March to local members in Canning Town North.

Co-op cock-up 

10 Mar

Although you wouldn’t know from this picture, the second round of Newham Co-opertaive Party’s AGM was extremely well-attended.

Wrath of Khan 

10 Mar

Cllr Obaid Khan, who was expelled from the Labour party last week, says that he has been the victim of a political witch hunt.


2 Mar

The Guardian’s Dave Hill, writing on his new blog , reports that another organisation has declared that its vote was improperly cast in last year’s mayoral trigger ballot: A second organisation whose vote helped Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales go ...

Time for bed, sleepy head 

1 Mar

Councillor Aleen Alarice pitched up at Newham Fabians last night, paid her £7 membership fee and promptly nodded off.

Khan out 

1 Mar

Statement from Newham Labour party: Following a two day hearing on 25 and 26 February, the Labour Party’s National Constitutional Committee has found Newham councillor Obaid Khan guilty of three separate charges of bullying, intimidation, and ...

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.


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 ...

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Emeli Sandé at Brixton Academy | Live review 

22 Mar

Supporting her critically acclaimed latest album Long Live the Angels , Emeli Sandé continued her triumphant comeback with a sold-out night at Brixton Academy.

Theatre News: Casting announced for world premiere of Emma Donoghue’s Room 

7 Mar

Donoghue's adaptation of her own novel will open at Theatre Royal Stratford East...

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.

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The Pamper Shop 

29 Mar

Description Have you been through a lot of Adversity or Trauma and decided to live life on your terms.

Cargo operations return to London’s Royal Docks 

29 Mar

Whilst it might be a shadow of the glory days of the Docks the sight of a ship unloading cargo in London’s Royal Docks is something of a treat these days.

Totally different 

29 Mar

Just met this cute little fella in Chalet Wood, Wanstead Park.

New Co-op 

29 Mar

Who would have thought the old Argus Lighting shop on George Lane would turn into something useful? But lo and behold, a brand new Co-op, looking stylish in 2017 regulation grey.

When not birding in Hawaii 

28 Mar

So what else of Maui then? Beyond birding Hosmer Grove for the endemics I didn’t actually do much birding, as I had seen all the waterbird endemics on my last visit.

Easter holidays 

28 Mar

Looking to dance off all the Easter feasting? Find out if your class is taking a break for Easter below or join us in Peckham on Easter Sunday for Easter Hop South .

A mile long artwork commissioned for Crossrail 

28 Mar

A length of concrete wall running alongside the future Elizabeth line tracks in East London is to be covered in a mile-long work of art.

Up Your Street. Issue 11 

27 Mar

Thurs 30th March 11.30 am at East London Radio.

Slow Sundays 

27 Mar

Sunday continued in much the same vein as Saturday, but without the birding.

Maui List 

26 Mar

Here’s a list of the native birds I saw on Maui, ie the ones that got there of their own accord rather than being brought there by people.

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