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8 random facts about the 2018 election 

21 May 18

Turnout in Newham was down for the second election in a row, although the number of registered voters was the highest ever 1.


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And then there were 59 

11 May 18

Someone has learned how to use the airbrush tool in Photoshop Well, that didn’t take long.


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They are us 

3 May 18

West Ham MP Lyn Brown spoke in yesterday’s Windrush debate in parliament : I want to talk about trust and how it has been violated, and I want to start with the cases of my constituents Gem and Jessica, both of which I raised in Monday’s debate …


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Heading for the exit 

27 Apr 18

Sir Robin has emailed local Labour members (or at least those on the last list he got from the party before being deselected): “As you know, after 16 years, my tenure as Labour Mayor of Newham comes to an end in May.


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Outgunned 

16 Apr 18

Yesterday in Canning Town South… The Co-op Party’s first ever canvass in Newham drew a rather larger group of campaigners than the Conservatives managed.


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Your 2018 candidates 

11 Apr 18

Mayor of Newham Rahima Khan, Conservative Rokhsana Fiaz, Labour Co-operative Gareth Evans, Liberal Democrat Chishala Kumalinga, Christian Peoples Alliance Daniel Oxley, Democrats and Veterans Party Council Beckton James Asser, Labour Ayesha …


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Green candidate announced 

4 Apr 18

The Green Party has announced its candidate for Mayor of Newham, Chidi Oti-Obihara.


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Finally… 

4 Apr 18

The last remaining places on Labour’s slate of candidates for the local elections next month have been filled.


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Last chance saloon 

27 Mar 18

Last week Sir Robin’s cabinet approved a loan to Red Ventures, the council-owned property company, of £28.9 million to buy a property in north London.


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Rejecting Lakminism 

23 Mar 18

Motion passed by West Ham Labour Party last night: “Whether or not a political candidate has children is never an issue for men and nor should it be for women.


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Liberal candidate selected 

22 Mar 18

Newham and Barking Dagenham Liberal Democrats have selected Gareth Evans as their mayoral candidate for the election in May.


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Generous to the last 

20 Mar 18

Picture via @NewhamLabourWTF A few months ago a set of new signs appeared in West Ham, directing people towards the Memorial Recreation Ground, home of the East London Rugby Club.


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The Ballad of Mas Patel 

19 Mar 18

In good Sir Robin’s golden time, when loyalty no harm meant, A zealous Walesite councillor was I, and so I gained preferment.


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Trainer out 

16 Mar 18

Small beer compared to today’s other big news , but Douglas Trainer has left Newham Council.


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Party of one 

13 Mar 18

Last Friday Newham council held what was billed as an event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.


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Vile and insulting 

8 Mar 18

Remember how Andrea Leadsom torpedoed her own bid for the Tory leadership when she said being a mother gave her “a very real stake in the future of our country,” in contrast to the childless Theresa May? Even Tory MPs described the remarks as “…


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The vision thing 

7 Mar 18

Sir Robin’s vision for Newham in 1997 (my emphasis added): There are too many people, those currently living in Newham and those attracted from other London boroughs, who survive on low incomes or who present themselves as homeless.


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Academy antics 

7 Mar 18

Councillors are so opposed to academies they are paying millions of pounds for this one to expand Last Monday Newham council passed a motion , proposed by Cllrs Mas and Salim Patel, declaring itself opposed to local schools converting into academies.


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Oops! 

2 Mar 18

I’ve written before bemoaning the shoddy state of record-keeping and a generally lax attitude to quality assurance at Newham council.


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Newham council 2018 -22 (probably) 

26 Feb 18

The Forest Gate North candidates and their supporters Over the past two weekends Labour members in Newham have been selecting the 60 candidates that will contest May’s local elections.


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Hustings 

24 Feb 18

Details of the mayoral selection hustings have been announced: Dear member, As part of the process to select Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Newham, we will be holding two hustings meetings for you to hear from the candidates and ask them questions.


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Generous to a fault 

24 Feb 18

By Alan Combe If he fails to win the nomination this year, Sir Robin will miss the hospitality almost as much as wearing the mayoral collar.


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Head to head 

21 Feb 18

Out with old, in with the new? The Labour Party has written to local members to confirm the shortlist for the mayoral selection: Last night, the selections panel for the process to select Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Newham interviewed …


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And another one 

17 Feb 18

This time it’s Cllr Frances Clarke: Dear All I have decided not to stand again as a councillor.


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Standing down 

17 Feb 18

Beckton Cllr David Christie is standing down.


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Banner headlines 

15 Feb 18

Just as the open selection for Labour’s mayoral candidate is about to get underway, the council has seen fit to install a series of new banners across the borough.


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Over and out? 

15 Feb 18

Councillor Forhad Hussain is not seeking re-selection as a candidate for the elections in May.


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Going LOBO 

13 Feb 18

Newham are, by some distance, top of the LOBO league.


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Open sesame! 

13 Feb 18

The Labour Party has announced details for the selection of its candidate to be the directly elected mayor of Newham.


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What’s Next? 

12 Feb 18

On Twitter, Kevin Blowe asks the obvious question : If Sir Robin Wales is ousted as Mayor of Newham, what happens next? Ideas please for unraveling the legacy of hard-right Labour council.


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London stadium enquiry 

12 Feb 18

At the Council meeting on 4th December, Sir Robin announced a review of the decisions that led to the “investment” of £40m into the former Olympic Stadium, which part-funded its transformation into a new home for West Ham United.


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Data warning 

7 Feb 18

Selection meetings for the 20 ward Labour parties to select their candidates for the council elections in May have been confirmed for 17/18 and 24/25 February.


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You need wheels 

4 Feb 18

When Lutfur Rahman was swanking around Tower Hamlets in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benz, Sir Robin took great satisfaction in pointing out that he drove his own car – a used Toyota.


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Triggered 

1 Feb 18

Five wards down, 15 to go.


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Sir Robin says NO! 

29 Jan 18

Sir Robin has finally had to confront reality.


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Challenger 

29 Jan 18

Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE has announced that she will challenge Sir Robin for Labour’s mayoral nomination should the trigger ballot result in an open selection.


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Trigger dates 

28 Jan 18

Here are the dates for the Labour Party branch meetings to re-run the trigger ballot.


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Downfall 

28 Jan 18

Hat-tip to @newhamlabourwtf on Twitter for linking to this.


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Re-triggered 

25 Jan 18

Branch meetings for the re-run trigger ballot start next week.


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Signs of the times 

25 Jan 18

Cllr Julianne Marriott tweeted the montage above yesterday, observing Six signs for East London Rugby Club appeared this morning.


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Fabians a-go-go 

25 Jan 18

The recently re-formed and reinvigorated local branch of the Fabian Society held its AGM last night at Durning Hall.


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Alight here for Forest Gate 

16 Jan 18

According to the latest newsletter from the Barking-Gospel Oak Rail User Group (BGORUG), there will soon be an additional to the signage at Wanstead Park station: At a meeting with TfL last September BGORUG secured agreement for the platform signs …


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Open it up 

15 Jan 18

The chair of West Ham CLP, Cllr Charlene McLean, has written to Labour’s general secretary asking that they skip the re-run trigger ballot and move straight to an open selection: As Chair of West Ham CLP and on behalf of its Officers, I am writing …


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Films of the Year 2017 

7 Jan 18

Somewhat belatedly (because I am abroad), this is my annual list of films I’ve watched in 2017 and, in keeping with the close of every year since 2003, it’s time to review the ones I’ve seen over the last twelve months.


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Do over 

4 Jan 18

The acting regional director of the London Labour Party has emailed Newham members: As you may be aware, an affirmative ballot to determine the re-selection of the sitting directly-elected Mayor Newham was held in December 2016.


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Data breach 

22 Dec 17

Branch secretaries across West Ham Labour party have received an email today from Josephine Grahl, the vice chair for membership, about a serious data breach in Green Street West: Dear Branch Secretary, I am writing to draw your attention to a recent…


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Blink 

21 Dec 17

Sir Robin Wales calls for Labour to cancel trigger ballot result, reports the Newham Recorder.


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Newham’s Red Door Ventures to buy Collective Old Oak 

7 Dec 17

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.


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Not meeting expectations 

5 Dec 17

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.


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The Olympic Stadium Debacle 

4 Dec 17

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






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