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Manchester Bombing – We stand together 

23 May

Last night I was just about to go to bed when I saw a "breaking news" email on my IPAD about a bombing in Manchester.


Assaults against housing staff survey 2017 

22 May

If you work in social housing please spend 10 minutes filling out this important annual survey here...


Campaigning in Forest Gate North & Ilford North 20 May 2017 

21 May

Yesterday morning I started off campaigning in Forest Gate North with local Councillor, Anamul Islam and activists.


Newham Council AGM 2017 (The Selfie) 

20 May

This may not be very dignified but I do like this picture of some Newham Councillors after our Council Annual General Meeting on Thursday.


“Why fossil fuel divestment isn’t the answer” 

19 May

Last month I went to a well attended public meeting on this topic in Forest Gate Coffee7 and a Chatham House rules seminar in the City.


3 weeks to the General Election 

18 May

DearJohn Labour has set out it's manifesto for the many ; now we have 3 weeks left to tell people about it.


Re-electing Lyn Brown in Custom House & Forest Gate 

17 May

A great collage of photos from recent campaigning.


School uniform grants for UNISON members – up to £120 

16 May

I am so proud that UNISON has its own Charity fund for members on low income or facing financial or other hardship.


#RentersVote for #ToriesOUT 

15 May

This email I received below is interesting.


25 Days until UK General Election: On the knocker in Forest Gate & Ilford North 

14 May

Yesterday started with my Newham Councillor surgery in Vicarage Lane Community Centre, West Ham.


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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 ...


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.


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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...


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...


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Abbey Gardens The Big Lunch 2017 and Summer Fair, Saturday 17th June 

23 May

Saturday 17th June 12 noon – 3pm Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E13 3NF (next to Abbey Road DLR) Bring a dish to share, have a lovely lunch, meet the neighbours and enjoy the garden.


The Caravanserai goes to Reggio Emilia 

23 May

Last week I was invited to talk about self-organised spaces in Reggio Emilia, a city 35 miles from Bologna in the north of Italy.


Sprung 

22 May

This morning I did not even see a Swift .


Music season in the Temple Garden gets off to a sunny start 

21 May

Hundreds of local people came to Wanstead Park today (21 May 2017) for an idyllic afternoon of music and picnicking in the Temple garden.


A veritable procession 

21 May

I went to Rainham today for the third time in as many weeks, the place is on fire at the moment.


Teamwork and tomatoes 

20 May

Clearing the raised bed – and enjoying the fragrance from the lavender Composting and digging it over Counting the seedlings so that we know how many supports they need Building the framework of tomato supports Planting the seedlings Watering them ...


Becontree 

19 May

Post to the west Mayesbrook park Post to the east Goresbroo k Park Amesbury Avenue Fanshawe Tavern , This was built in 1934 as part of the facilties for the Becontree Estate.


Collection of Wanstead images goes online 

19 May

In recent years, local historian Richard Arnopp has built up a large collection of historic images of Wanstead Park, Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats.


Wanstead to get a Gail’s Bakery 

19 May

EXCLUSIVE: The saga of the former Barclays Bank on Wanstead High Street has reached a conclusion with an announcement that Gail’s Bakery is to open a new shop on the site.


Stations on zone boundaries 

19 May

The London Underground has had a zonal fare system since the early 1980s, before which fares were based on far you travelled.


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