Spanish people in Spain? Shock horror.

I am sure there are a huge amount of massively relieved 18-year-olds breathing out massive sighs of relief at the realisation that they passed their A-levels.

Last week the Labour Party unveiled bold new plans to rebuild youth services across the country, after nearly a decade of Tory cuts have left services on their knees.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever social action movement aiming to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

Some of the hardest cases my team and I have dealt with since my election to Parliament last year have concerned constituents who wished to highlight an illness affecting someone precious to them, or a time when a loved one did not receive the care they should have.

We have all done that thing where you call a partner by an ex’s name. That’s why I only ever date people with the same first name.

“Even in poor ex-Soviet Union countries you simply do not see the rubbish we get in the UK. It makes me ashamed.”

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

It only seems like yesterday that London last went to the polls to elect its new Mayor.

The heatwave has brought some lovely effects.

This week’s front page story – on the rise in violent crime in the last year across Havering – does not make for comfortable reading.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

As an MP representing a “Greater London” constituency for 17 years, last week I decided to throw my hat in the ring to become the next Conservative Mayor of London.

Here in Havering we are pretty good at celebrating our young people.

England’s brilliant exploits in the World Cup have achieved something quite remarkable.

Student could have had job running Brexit

Last week I called on Havering Council to sit down with a reporter and explain what was happening with Private Sector Leasing as hundreds of households were left in fear and confusion.

Daisy could solve our problem with plastic

The security of loved ones is at the top of all our priority lists, and I have responsibility in my role as an MP to ensure we have the right laws in place to keep people safe.

Hundreds of households - maybe more than 600 - have been given a month to find new homes and most will probably have to leave the borough.

Back in the days, when I ripped through the streets of Romford on my Kawasaki KH250, the wind blowing in my hair (when I had hair!) I valued the freedom, space and safety of our London roads.

Deja vu as World Cup draws me in again

Now that Brexit is finally getting under way, the Conservative government is keeping its promise to the British people by investing in our NHS.

I saw huge moth and presumed I’d shrunk

It’s hard to believe that the nightmare Alan Gowing has been living through for four years is worth just £6,000 compensation.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

I don’t think I can ever recall a more wretched and divided government than the current Tory one.

Why have a flower smelling like death?

Most of us under the age of 60 will be shocked to read about the tragic death of young Richard White in 1967.

Some of you may know that it’s Havering Volunteer Week, a time when Havering and the wider community come together and give up their time to help others.

Sandwich cream? That sounds horrid

Readers of this paper, and our website, will be shocked and outraged this week at the despicable thief who stole £8,000 from an 83-year-old woman.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

The NHS turns 70 on July 5, and as we approach this big institutional anniversary questions confront us about how to improve health services, care for our ageing population, and take advantage of new technology as we go forward.

The storms at the weekend and Tuesday showed us something of the sheer power of nature.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

It is official, havering is the last Conservative-led borough in east London!

The manoeuvrings at Havering Council on Wednesday evening underline why so many people feel that they can’t influence local politics.


“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

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