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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Andrew Rosindell delivering his victory speech after winning the Romford seat last year

“A complete and utter flop” is how Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has described David Cameron’s renegotiations over Britain’s EU membership.

Students from low-income backgrounds maybe left unable to afford university following government vote to scrap a grant. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire/PA Images

A vote to scrap student maintenance grants for those starting in September 2016 and beyond was controversially passed in Westminster last week.

Cllr Lawrence Webb

A groundbreaking vote in support of the EU “Out” campaign dominated the full council meeting, but it angered some members.

The sorry state of Romford Market at 11.30am on Saturday

The Romford Market transformation looks set to go ahead after Boris Johnson agreed to stump up the requested £1million investment and councillors passed plans.

Cllr Lawrence Webb

Havering Council has tonight become the first in Britain to back the EU “Out” campaign after a controversial Ukip motion was passed.

Who would be ruling from Havering Town Hall if 'Hexit' occurred?

London’s happiest borough is set to become a third partner in the existing back-office merger between Havering and Newham councils.

Shane Lynch to give away his luxury car. Photo: Kimberley Hilton/Essex Audi Group

One lucky person will spend the weekend behind the wheel of a celebrity’s Audi TT thanks to a competition that has taken Twitter and Facebook by storm.

Add+Up attended the London Taxi Drivers Fund Children’s Party

A small charity that makes a big difference has received a large donation to keep it running for another three years.

Striking Junior doctors on the picket line at the Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

Next week’s junior doctors strike has been cancelled as progress is made in negotiations.

Business and and residents have complained about the council's plan to install parking restrictions. Photo: Paul Bennett

Businesses along two roads are concerned their livelihoods will be severely affected by the council’s plan to impose parking restrictions.

Car fire in Romford

Monday, January 18, 2016
Firefighers from four fire stations tackled the blaze in Plaistow on Saturday night

A car fire on the A12 at the junction with North Street in Romford has closed one lane of traffic.

Louise Gardens. Picture: Google Maps

A driver fled after his car smashed through the front wall of a house in Rainham last night.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage

A Ukip event hosted by Nigel Farage was cancelled at short notice because the venue received information of threats to its business and employees.

Cheryl Coppell with her OBE award is set to retire as Havering Council's chief executive

The chief executive of Havering Council has today confirmed her plans to retire, later this year, after nine years at the helm.

The council is giving Park Protection Officers police powers, which they can use in the parks

The decision to give park officers the powers to arrest and detain problem individuals inside park boundaries was upheld at a council meeting on Tuesday, despite the concerns of opposition parties.

Shoppers pass by a homeless man in a city centre. Picture Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

Talks have begun between a homeless charity and the council about the best way homeless people housing services have no duty of care towards can be helped.

Kamena Dorling, Coram Children's Legal Centre, policy and programmes manager

A charity has spoken out about significant problems asylum-seeking children may face following changes to immigration laws.

Bedfords Park Visitors Centre. Picture Google Maps

Plans to introduce parking charges at Havering’s parks to deter commuter parking are to be reviewed after it was revealed no commuter parking surveys had been carried out.

Rosemary and Brian Relf will lose £115.50 a week from December 23. Here pictured in 2013

A woman whose disability leaves her in constant pain and barely able to walk is to lose her disability benefits as changes are introduced.

Havering asks at the college

A live studio audience of sharp young minds rounded off to a close Havering College’s “television week” by firing a range of tough questions at political figures.

The sorry state of Romford Market at 11.30am on Saturday

The £2.6million plans to transform Romford Market have been torn to pieces by opposition councillors.

Havering Town Hall

Taxpayers are set to be asked if they are willing to pay an extra 47p a week to support vulnerable elderly people in the borough.

Havering Town Hall.

An ongoing fraud scandal at Havering Council has resulted in two more workers resigning following internal investigations.

MPs gather in the House of Commons for a debate on extending the bombing campaign against Islamic State to Syria

UK air strikes on Isis targets in Syria were launched after MPs approved action on Wednesday evening.

John McDonnell speaks at Havering Sixth Form College

Jeremy Corbyn, the London housing crisis and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book were all under discussion when the shadow chancellor spoke in Havering last week.

Members of Parliament are voting today on whether to support air strikes on Isis targets in Syria

Members of Parliament are voting today on whether to support air strikes in Syria and MPs in the borough are divided on the issue.

Lee Burkwood is the Green Party GLA candidate for Havering and Redbridge

The Green Party has chosen 25-year-old Lee Burkwood to fight for the Havering and Redbridge seat in May’s London Assembly election.

Borough commander Jason Gwillim told the Recorder it was

The Borough Commander and MPs have welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s decision to scrap cuts to police forces.

Last night's full council meeting saw decisions being made on the release of £83million to build new affordable homes and the expansion of at least five primary schools

Councillors have agreed to release £83million to provide affordable housing in the borough, expand at least five primary schools to ease the shortage of school places and pledged to ensure more work opportunities for adults with autism in last night’s full council meeting.

File photo dated 28/09/15 of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who is warning the Government's failure to invest in Britain's infrastructure is putting the future prosperity of the country at risk.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP is due to visit Havering on today to speak to young Labour members.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell offers a copy of Chairman Mao's Little Red Book (on table) to Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Photo: PA Wire

It felt like groundhog day as the Chancellor got to his feet.

Chancellor George Osborne outlined the government's spending plans in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review (Pic: PA/Yui Mok)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced his budget proposal for the next five years – here are the main things to know.

Politicians campaigning in Romford Market

Political leanings were put aside as a campaign supporting Britain leaving the European Union was launched in Romford Market Place last week.

Police officer and wandering swan Picture: Havering MPS Twitter

“Expect the unexpected” must be the thought that goes through every police officer’s mind when they start work.

File photo dated 28/09/15 of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who is warning the Government's failure to invest in Britain's infrastructure is putting the future prosperity of the country at risk.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP will visit Havering on Thursday to speak to young Labour members.

Leader Cllr Roger Ramsey

Protesters will have to wait for their chance to speak on controversial new parking plans after the matter was pulled from a council agenda.

Jon Cruddas MP delivers a petition at Number 10 Downing Street, opposing prison plans last year

Controversial plans to create a prison in Rainham could be back on the agenda after the government outlined measures to build a series of new jails.

Tapestry chief executive Tony Lowe, Rob Wilson MP, Dame Angela Watkinson MP and Lesley Buckland, chair of board of trustees at Tapestry

A leading Hornchurch care charity has won more funding through a £1.5million government scheme, which was announced at its headquarters yesterday.

Zac Goldsmith, Conservative candidate for the Mayor of London, visited traders at Romford market

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the Mayor of London, came to Romford market today to meet some Havering residents.

The James Oglethorpe Primary School along with Crownfield Infants' School, St Peter's Catholic Primary School, Broadford Primary School and Parsonage Farm School have been recommended by the cabinet for expansion

Plans to expand four more primary schools in Havering have been revealed in a report going to the council cabinet tonight.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and London's Ukip MEP Gerard Batten

Rebel Tory MP Andrew Rosindell has teamed up with Ukip election rival Gerard Batten to push for Britain to leave the European Union.

Havering council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey

Plans detailing how Havering Council plans to cut a further £13.9million from its budget over the next three years have been published – focusing on income generation.

Havering Town Hall.

The company borne out of a back-office merger between Havering and Newham councils has saved £7million – but is slightly behind on its target.

MPs Dame Angela Watkinson (left), Jon Cruddas (top right) and Andrew Rosindell (bottom right)

A probe into MPs expenses has revealed Havering’s three MPs cost the taxpayer £2million in payments for staff, office costs and travel over the past five years.

Romford Remembrance Day service in 2014

Police have pulled support for Remembrance Day parades across the borough and will not be marshalling road closures, the Recorder can reveal.

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