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Charity workers are warning of an impending homelessness crisis as new figures reveal Havering Council has drastically missed its housing targets.

Cllr Brian Eagling

Last night’s annual meeting of the council saw Cllr Brian Eagling be elected as the new Mayor of Havering.

The building which was to become Havering's first micropub, Upminster Tap Room. Picture: Google Maps

Beer aficionados waiting patiently for Havering’s first micropub will have to wait a little longer to fill their glasses.

Havering Town Hall

Plans to tackle the “growing problem” of properties which house multiple tenants have been given the go-ahead.

Cllr Brian Eagling

Two feuding former political allies will battle it out to be Havering’s next mayor.

Gerard Batten (Ukip) announced he will return to his position in the European Parliament after finishing in second place to Andrew Rosindell (Con) in Romford

A strong showing but no seats won – Ukip’s performance in Havering is symbolic of its failings nationally.

Jon Cruddas held onto his Dagenham and Rainham seat in last week's election

The Labour party is in a “big crisis” according to Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, who this morning resigned from the shadow cabinet.

Jon Cruddas

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has resigned from Labour’s shadow cabinet to conduct an independent review into the party’s recent election failings.

Jon Cruddas

Newly re-elected MP Jon Cruddas was “unsuprised” by the tightness of the election battle in Dagenham and Rainham, winning his seats by less than five thousand votes.

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha arrive at his Tory headquarters in central London after almost securing an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

David Cameron will return to Downing Street as Prime Minister after a disastrous night for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Poling station

The people have spoken in Havering’s three constituencies and the results are now in.

Conservative's Parliamentary Candidate for Romford, Andrew Rosindell.

Andrew Rosindell, newly returned MP for Romford, has said it was inevitable Ukip would increase its vote share but the gains were nothing like that party had anticipated.

Conservative's Parliamentary Candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster Dame Angela Watkinson

Conservative Dame Angela Watkinson has won the vote in Hornchurch and Upminster with 27,051 votes.

Andrew Rosindell (Con) thanks the constituents for voting him in for the fourth time and pledges Romford will always remain a Conservative constituency as long as he remained MP.

Conservative Andrew Rosindell has said he is “thrilled and delighted” to have been elected for a fourth term as Romford MP.

Labour pair Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge have retained their seats in Dagenham and Rainham and Barking

Labour MPs Margaret Hodge and Jon Cruddas have retained their parliamentary seats in Barking and Dagenham and Rainham.

The odds at the finish line will see the previous MPs retain their seats. It remains to be seen if the bookies have predicted correctly

They’ve jumped the final hurdle and dashed across the finish line.

Election

Vote counting in Sunderland is closer to a full body workout than an exercise in democracy.

Follow our election coverage through the afternoon and into tomorrow. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Archive

The polls have now closed but what happens to your vote next?

(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Join us for rolling coverage of tonight’s events at the vote counts for Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster and Dagenham and Rainham.

A woman leaves a polling station after casting her vote in 2010.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

After weeks of campaigning, hundreds of pledges, two television debates and even a stone, polling day is finally here.

A Greater Anglia train

Updates on disruption to roads and train services:

Picture: Rui Vieira/PA

The final hours of campaigning are under way and the coffee is being bulk bought ahead of tomorrow night’s count (Thursday).

Candidates with students

Pupils were treated to a lively election debate when candidates 
visited to discuss their policies.

The borough of Havering: Has crime increased or decreased where you live?

The latest crime statistics show the number of sexual offences reported to police in Havering during 2014 increased by 37 per cent on the previous year.

Eric Pickles, the Conservative candidate for Brentwood and Ongar, at the Conservative party conference earlier this year.

The Conservative candidate currently leads in Brentwood and Ongar by at least 26 points, according to Yougov.

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