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Video: MP Jon Cruddas visits Rainham college construction centre

It’s not often you see politicians in a hard hat and overalls, but Labour’s Jon Cruddas bucked the trend on Friday.

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Brentwood woman charged with drink-driving after car park crash

A woman has been charged with drink-driving after a car crashed and overturned in a car park.

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Gerard Batten, currently a Ukip MEP for London

Romford Ukip candidate Gerard Batten MEP: ‘Far-right Euro deal is necessary evil’

Ukip MEP and Romford parliamentary candidate Gerard Batten has defended his party’s deal with a far-right grouping in the EU parliament whose leader uses racial slurs and questions the Holocaust.

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Havering Town Hall

Extraordinary council meeting passes controversial allowances motion

Havering Council tonight passed a controversial motion revising special responsibility allowances in the first full meeting of a new coalition administration.

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Police foil bogus detective’s plan to con pensioner at Brentwood bank

A bogus detective’s ploy to scam a pensioner out of thousands was foiled by police.

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Brentwood schoolboy hit by double-decker bus

A schoolboy has been left injured after he was hit by a double-decker bus yesterday afternoon.

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Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and his Ukip opponent Gerard Batten, currently an MEP for London

Havering ‘Ukip’s best chance of general election success in London’

Havering parliamentary constituencies are where Ukip stands the greatest chance of winning a London seat at next year’s general election, according to pollsters.

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Leaders Cllr Tucker, left, Cllr Ramsey, Cllr Barret and Cllr Webb outside Havering Town Hall.

Allowance cuts for Havering leader and cabinet

The leader of Havering Council and his cabinet will take a 12 per cent cut in allowances if approved at next week’s full council meeting.

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Cheryl Coppell

Havering Council could save £225k in senior staff reduction

Taxpayers could be saved £225,000 if plans to reduce the number of senior managers and hours of the council chief executive are agreed.

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MP Andrew Rosindell

Would-be Havering MPs fire first shots in battle for Parliament seats

Havering’s parliamentary candidates have begun their efforts to woo voters by speaking to the Recorder following their party’s annual conferences.

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Former JP Morgan associate Steven Marston is now homeless in Havering

Romford barrow boy to Luxembourg bank high-flier to Harold Hill homeless hostel

As a 14-year-old “barrow boy” selling fruit on Romford Market, Steven Marston did not expect to earn an annual salary of £250,000 at a bank in Luxembourg, nor did he think he would end up partially blind and homeless.

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Can crowdfunding save Christmas?

Can Santa be saved by crowdfunding Christmas in Havering?

Community events organisers are crowdfunding Christmas by asking residents to raise £15,564 – but so far Scrooge is winning as only £356 has been raised.

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Cameron Ramsey, 15, used to be part of a gang of kids who caused trouble in Harold Hill. Now he's had his life changed by the youth service

Transformed Harold Hill teen says youth cuts will ruin lives

“Where are the young people gonna go? They’re going to end up getting arrested and ruining their lives.”

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Cllr Clarence Barrett

Residents’ Association dissenters defend decision following voters’ criticism

The dissenting former leader of the Residents’ Association (RA) has defended his new group from a barrage of criticism from residents claiming their votes have been gifted to the Conservatives.

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Borat Express, Hilldene Avenue, in the Hilldene Shopping Centre (Picture: Arnaud Stephenson)

Council grants Harold Hill shop alcohol licence despite street drinkers fear

Councillors today granted an alcohol licence to Harold Hill convenience store Borat Express, despite police concerns over street drinking.

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Corbets Tey Road business owner: 'We do hear from people who say they came but just couldnt park so went elsewhere'

Parking fines in Upminster’s Corbets Tey Road raise £135,000 in one year

Revenue made from parking fines issued on a mile-long Upminster street quadrupled year-on-year after a council clampdown – raising a massive £135,000 in 12 months.

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Cllr Ray Morgon

Defecting Havering councillors slammed by new Residents’ Association leader

Dissenting Residents’ Association councillors are acting “for the good of themselves” by creating a coalition with the Conservatives, according to the party’s new leader.

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Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP condemns Islamic State ‘barbarism’ ahead of vote on Iraq air strikes

Jon Cruddas MP has said the “barbarism” of Islamic State terrorists must be confronted ahead of a vote in Parliament on possible military action in Iraq.

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Demonstrators outside the town hall protesting over the Youth Service cuts

‘The kids will be on the street’ - ex Havering youth worker on cuts

Cutting the youth service in Havering will “absolutely ruin” the borough, according to a former volunteer and user of the scheme.

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Parents and councillors protesting at the gates of Parsonage Farm School earlier this year

Havering Council cabinet: Parsonage Farm School expansion agreed

A controversial plan to expand a Rainham school and provisional cuts to public services were waved through by Havering Council cabinet tonight.

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Cllr Clarence Barrett

Opposition leader resigns to head up new coalition party in Havering Town Hall

The leader of the Havering Residents’ Association has resigned from post and party and will lead an eight-strong team into a coalition with the Conservatives, creating an overall majority in the process.

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Havering Town Hall.

Havering to be asked: Do you want free parking?

The public will be asked if they wish to have 20 minutes free parking across the borough as part of the budget consultation.

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MP Andrew Rosindell

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell welcomes ‘fantastic’ result of Scottish independence vote

Romford’s MP has welcomed the news that England and Scotland will remain united, referring to the results of yesterday’s election as a “fantastic result”.

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Cllr Roger Ramsey

Havering could introduce empty house tax to alleviate housing crisis

The housing crisis, Havering’s budget problems and, according to one councillor, infestations of rabbits and rats could all be alleviated by a tax increase on empty houses.

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MP Andrew Rosindell

Havering MPs defend £500,000 expenses

Havering’s MPs have ­defended the half-a-million pound bill taxpayers paid for their services in the last year.

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