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Romford Tories relish election challenge of Ukip ‘deserters’

The chairman of the Romford Conservative Association (RCA) continued the war of words with Ukip this week, saying he relished the challenge of party defector Alby Tebbutt.

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Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham, hit back against Cllr Tucker's

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales: Havering deserves ‘better quality’ councillor than Cllr Jeff Tucker

Havering needs a “better quality” of councillor than Cllr Jeff Tucker, according to The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales.

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Cllr Andrew Curtin at the opening of a new skate park in Harold Hill

Popular councillor Andrew Curtin to run as an independent in Romford Town after Tory deselection

A popular councillor who was dumped from the Romford Conservative Association will stand as an independent candidate in the upcoming local elections.

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Alby Tebbutt

Romford political stalwart Alby Tebbutt to run as Ukip councillor

Former Conservative fireband Alby Tebbutt will return to politics and join the Mayor of Havering at Ukip, and says he will “wipe the Romford Conservative Association off the face of the Earth.”

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Cllr Tucker with leaflets for his campaign

Flyering campaign warning Havering residents of merger ‘threat’ is labelled ‘misinformed’

Up to 100,000 flyers “warning” Havering residents of the merger of back office services with Newham will be distributed by the leader of the Independent Residents’ Group.

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Cllr Eric Munday has left the Conservative party to join Ukip

Conservative Mayor of Havering Cllr Eric Munday defects to Ukip

The Mayor of Havering, and former council leader, has defected from the Conservatives to join Ukip along with other Tory members losing the party its overall majority.

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Havering resident was shocked after learning of huge differences in council tax. Picture: Joe Giddens-PA.

Gidea Park man discovers ‘eye watering’ difference between council tax in Havering and other London boroughs

A Gidea Park resident was shocked after learning about the huge difference between council tax in Havering and other London boroughs.

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Cllr Dervish says he did attend meetings regarding Raphael Park

‘Comedy villain’ and ‘completely ineffectual’: Havering Tories take swipes at each other in meeting

Two “completely ineffectual” Tory councillors came under fire from their colleagues at the final council meeting of the term as the party’s rift widened.

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Havering Town Hall

Havering Council staff sick absence on ‘worrying’ rise

The average Havering Council worker takes nearly 10 sick days a year, it was revealed in a “worrying” report.

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Stats show Havering to be performing worse than its neighbouring boroughs in terms of families

‘Troubled’ Havering family cost taxpayers £250,000 over two years

Taxpayers have paid £250,000 for one family’s needs over two years, it has been revealed.

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A Parking Enforcement Officer vehicle was photographed by a resident parked in a keep clear section

Parking officer car photographed in keep clear area at Romford Market

A parking enforcement officer could be set for a taste of his own medicine after his car was photographed in a “keep clear” area.

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Members of NUT will strike

Poll: Teachers across Havering are set to strike on Wednesday - have they got your backing?

Schools across Havering are set to be hit by a teacher strike on Wednesday, as union members protest against an “unsustainable” workload and government changes to pay and pensions.

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Are CCTV spy cars on their way out in Havering?

Bye, bye ‘spy’ car: Is it end of road for Havering Council’s CCTV fleet?

Havering Council’s dreaded CCTV “spy” fleet is destined for the proverbial scrap heap as a government-ordered ban looks set to be announced.

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A CCTV

POLL: Should CCTV “spy” cars be scrapped?

Havering Council’s dreaded CCTV “spy” fleet is destined for the scrapheap with the government set to announce a ban.

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Members of NUT will strike

Teachers to strike across Havering on Wednesday

Schools in Havering will be closed on Wednesday when teachers take strike action.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne to deliver the 2014 Budget this afternoon

Chancellor George Osborne will outline his Budget for the year later today with a number of key areas expected to be mentioned.

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Mayor cllr Lynden Thorpe opens the estate agent in Upminster

Ex mayor of Havering resigns from Conservative party before disciplinary meeting

The ex mayor of Havering has resigned from the Conservative party after being asked to attend a disciplinary meeting for voting against a motion to freeze councillor’s special responsibility allowances.

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Cllr Barry Tebbutt. Picture Mark Sepple

Councillor’s Upminster green belt bungalow proposal approved

A councillor’s application for a new three-bedroom bungalow to be built on green belt land was approved last week, despite officer’s recommendations to reject it.

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Mark Logan has vowed to return to politics.

Ex-councillor vows to return to Havering politics after double organ transplant

An ex-councillor who was “sacked” from his post after being unable to attend council meetings due to serious illness has vowed to return to politics following a double transplant operation.

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Cllr White makes his way to his seat.

Deputy leader slams Romford Tory for turning up to full council two hours late

Tensions ran high at the town hall as the deputy council leader hit out at the deputy chairman of the Romford Conservatives Association - who arrived more than two hours late to the meeting.

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Leader of the Independent Residents' Group, Cllr Jeff Tucker.

Independent Residents’ Group boycott Havering council meeting in protest against Newham merger

Empty seats set tongues wagging at Wednesday’s full council meeting, as the Independent Residents’ Group staged a no-show in protest against the back office merger between Havering and Newham councils.

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Kayleigh Harrington, Garry Way, Romford. Picture: Amanda Jenner

Romford pictures: Collier Row woman paints baby bumps making expecting mothers feel good

After two redundancies, Amanda Jenner picked up a brush and started a new career which has helped various women feel good about their appearance along the way.

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Adults with learning disabilities enjoy a dance session at the Tree Top centre

Club News: Tree Tops day project

Project manager Tracey Lurton talks about her work with people who have learning disabilities.

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Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.

Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.

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