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

Firstly, congratulations to all the returned and new councillors - of all parties and residents’ assocations - in the local elections of May 3.

Messing around on radio has been fun

Each year, local newspapers celebrate their vital role and importance of trusted local journalism during Local Newspaper Week.

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

At 10pm last Thursday night, council candidates of all colours laid down their leaflets and awaited the verdict of Havering residents on who would be running their borough for the next four years.

I was wrong - people like Fenchurch Street

So, unsurprisingly, the plans for a huge housing development at Beam Park have gone to the Mayor of London’s Office for a decision.

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

We celebrate some impressive achievements by our schools and their pupils and teachers this week.

We can’t bank on High Street banks anymore

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

Third time’s the charm for our Princess Kate

Next Thursday we go to the polls to elect our council for the next four years.

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

It was refreshing to read Andrew Rosindell MP last week in Romford Recorder talking about our community and values.

Fewer side effects, but no actual effects either

This month is bowel cancer awareness month. And that gives us the opportunity to think about something most of us don’t give much thought to – and certainly don’t talk about.

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

On May 3, the people of Havering will have to make a clear choice about the future direction of our borough.

Get driving for Britain after we leave the EU

The story that everyone in Havering has been talking about this week is the shooting dead of a man by police in Collier Row.

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

You may have seen my column in February calling out Romford MP Andrew Rosindell for sharing appalling right-wing material on social media in an assault on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Pavement parking fine could stop traffic

Our stories this week range from the particularly callous (stealing from children) to the heartwarming (the 82-year-old who has finally retired after 60 years working for the same company).

Housing problems have dominated my postbag since my election so I see huge potential for the council’s twelve-estate regeneration plan to address people’s concerns.

Breaking snooze! A nap restores energy

It seems every morning we wake up to news of another stabbing.

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

Will starting the day badly make us happy?

If you do the Lottery, I’m assuming you avidly check as soon as the draw is made to see whether this was your lucky week.

Ever since I was elected to Parliament, I have never missed an opportunity to raise the importance of our Commonwealth and Britain’s place in the world.

Poor Henry had his party postponed

Two massive redevelopments that will change the landscape of the borough have been announced this week.

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

The local council elections are almost upon us and I am urging all residents to register to vote.

Not such a genius if you walk into glass

With last week’s snow and freezing temperatures came the inevitable problems of burst pipes and broken boilers.

The disparity of treatment between inner and outer London boroughs was one of the issues I pledged to raise with government when I first got elected in June.

Competitive nature of Olympic dating

No matter what else was going on in the country this week, the weather was always going to be the only talking point.

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