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Court tells Government they cannot make Council Pensions funds be dependent on Boris Johnson Whims 

22 Jun

In a victory for common sense the Courts have apparently thrown out the requirement that Council Pension funds have to invest according to the political whims of the UK Foreign office.


Grenfell Tower Fire – London Hazards Centre 

21 Jun

Hat tip Phil Lewis Chair of London Hazards in today's UNISON NDC regional newsletter " London Calling".


UNISON National Delegate Conference 2017 – Tuesday 

20 Jun

My Conference day started with a short jog up and down the famous Brighton beach.


UNISON National Delegate Conference 2017 – Monday 

19 Jun

Comrades together picture from this evening outside the Holiday Inn Hotel in Brighton after the UNISON London Region delegates meetings.


John Gray Fathers Day 

18 Jun

Lovely picture of my Dad, John Gray (left), my big Sister Helen, My little Sister Lucy, Me (John Gray) and our Grandfather, John Gray.


Great Newham Get Together – In Honour of Jo Cox 

18 Jun

This afternoon I went to the Newham Woodcraft Kids Zone and Big Lunch Picnic in Wanstead Flats next to the Golden Fleece pub.


Newham Council Response to High Rise Residents following GrenfellFire 

17 Jun

I have asked a UNISON colleague who is a very experienced Housing Surveyor to check on this advice and also asked the Council who is checking Housing Associations privately managed high rise blocks' fire risk assessments.


Democracy in the Workplace: Newham Compass Tuesday 20 June 

16 Jun

Shame this clashes with UNISON National Delegate Conference.


International Day of Dignity for Cleaners and Security staff #JusticeDay2017 

15 Jun

Picture this evening from outside the front entrance of the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) headquarters in London of members of the SERTUC (South East Regional TUC) International Committee.


The Great Get Together Newham 

15 Jun

All the events on one poster! Please share widely...


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Value for money? 

24 May

By Iain Aitch Is £4m per job good value for our money, Sir Robin? The recent raids by HMRC at the London Stadium (Olympic Stadium in old money) may have had some Newham residents worrying about their £40m investment in West Ham’s new ground.


Election 2017 – your candidates 

12 May

The lists of candidates standing in the general election for the two Newham constituencies have been published.


Stand up to racism – public meeting 

10 May

From Stand Up to Racism Newham: PUBLIC MEETING Defend EU Migrants – Keep Racism Out of the Election! Tuesday, 16 May at 19:00–20:45 Stratford Advice Arcade, 107-109 The Grove, London, E15 1HP (nr Morrisons car park) Speakers: Wiktor Moszczyń...


Up close and personal 

25 Apr

A recent Freedom of Information request to Newham council From your Constitution, it states: 15.


TfL MiniCab Gang Who Stole £3m In High-End Cars Jailed For Total Of 46 Years 

14 Apr

A prolific east London gang caught on camera at a McDonald’sdrive-thru in one of a haul of £3 million worth of stolen cars have been jailed for 46 years.


Broken promise 

4 Apr

The mayor’s 2014 manifesto The Newham Recorder reports : Free school meals for some primary school children in Newham could be under threat, a headteachers’ union has warned.


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.


Unravelling 

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 ...


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The Who’s Tommy at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Theatre review 

15 Jun

This disappointing rendition of The Who’s famous rock opera is probably one to be avoided for most but may hold some important lessons for others.


Theatre News: Nadia Fall appointed artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 

14 Jun

The director will take over from Kerry Michael who leaves the position at the end of this year...


Interviews: Kerry Michael: ‘I can’t think about life after Stratford East just yet’ 

8 Jun

The artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East talks about Tommy and his plans for leaving the theatre in December...


Interviews: Emma Donoghue: ‘Room is about the power of imagination, it belongs on stage’ 

18 May

The Academy Award-nominated writer talks to us about the stage adaptation of her novel, Room , currently playing at Theatre Royal Stratford East...


Review: Review: Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

11 May

Emma Donoghue's novel about a woman kept in the same room for seven years gets its stage premiere...


Photos: Exclusive: First look at Room at Theatre Royal Stratford East 

8 May

Emma Donoghue's story is about a woman who has been kidnapped and locked in a room for seven years...


Le Gateau Chocolat: Black at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Theatre review 

6 Apr

He possesses enough charisma to outshine a basket of Labrador puppies and more sass than you could shake a perfectly coifed wig at, but Le Gateau Chocolat’s fabulousness competes with an immovable darkness.


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...


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23 Jun

The first meaningful milestone on the road to Crossrail took place yesterday morning as the very first train ran in operational service.


Modern listing is rubbish 

22 Jun

Although adding new birds to lists isn’t much of a pressing concern these days, I had at least given the Elegant Tern buzzing around the south coast a little bit of thought.


Edith Walks – Andrew Kötting, Iain Sinclair and their band of Mummers 

22 Jun

Ahead of EDITH: A Performance at St John’s on Bethnal Green  in the East End Film Festival I recall the day I spent with Andrew Kötting’s merry band of Mummers as they started out on their 100-mile pilgrimage to Hastings from Waltham Abbey ~ ~ ...


Flying machines in KGV Dock 

21 Jun

The waters of the King George V Dock in North Woolwich are usually pretty quiet with only the occasional tug or boat passing through but for one afternoon a year they become an international sporting arena.


Gail’s is really coming… this is the proof 

21 Jun

This is real transparency – the Gantt chart setting out the refurbishment of Barclays Bank for it to become a Gail’s Bakery – displayed in the shop window.


Postcards from Newcastle 

21 Jun

TYNESIDE - Postcards from Newcastle ✉ Grey Street Back in 2002 , listeners to Radio 4's Today programme voted Grey Street the finest street in Britain.


We are loving this… 

20 Jun

The Wanstead-themed products made by resident Bryony MacQueen are just about the coolest thing going.


Is there a rich art-loving philanthropist out there? 

20 Jun

St Mary’s, as photographed by the inestimable Geoff Wilkinson This beautiful watercolour of St.


your london casino guide 

20 Jun

There’s no question about it, playing in casinos has never been so popular, especially if we’re talking about online casinos.


Egretta gardenetta 

19 Jun

Yesterday was very pleasant indeed in London.


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