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Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Whenever a planning application is made to build homes somewhere in the borough, there will be neighbours objecting.

The dawning of 2018 marks our final fifteen months of EU membership, and the first weeks back in Parliament will see debates on the Customs Bill and the Trade Bill – legislation designed to give the UK our own customs and excise regime and to rollover trade deals to which we are currently party as an EU member.

Fare rises hinders my new year resolution

Most people work hard and give their time to help others without expecting more reward than their monthly pay or the satisfaction that they are making a difference.

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It has been a whirlwind year in City Hall in 2017.

No-one thinks Roses are one of five a day

I hope you all had a good Christmas - as usual, after all that planning, it’s over in the blink of an eye.

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Havering is not like other London boroughs, we are very different to most areas of inner London.

Coffee shops fertile grounds for gossip

Here at the Recorder we’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit by interviewing Santa at the Mercury Mall and filming children singing carols.

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As 2017 draws to a close, it is important to reflect on some of the victories we have shared over the last year across both Dagenham and Rainham – and also where more needs to be done.

Trump will soon turn us into the Jetsons

This week’s news from Ofsted, that Havering’s secondary schools are the second worst performing in London, will be an unwelcome surprise to many – much as it was to me.

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My last column set out the ‘housing asks’ I had of the Chancellor ahead of the Budget to help Havering deliver new homes.

At long last, a reason to skip the tea round

Our investigations team, led by the award-winning Emma Youle, have launched a knife crime awareness campaign.

As Brexit continues to fill our national newspapers, it was with great intrigue that I found myself in Brussels last week taking part in a video call with primary and secondary school pupils from Redbridge.

Soon Tube will be no escape from emails

The revelation this week that plans to downgrade the A&E department at King George Hospital in neighbouring Redbridge have been halted is great news for Havering residents who were concerned about the impact on Queen’s.

The closure last week of Romford Greyhound Stadium for failing an unspecified fire safety test was always going to cause some consternation among race-goers.

It is about time local councils and the government consider the emotional and destructive impact that illegal Travellers incursions have on law abiding people.

Another reason to be jealous of the Queen

Moped gangs and knife crime often go hand-in-hand – and are among the gravest fears of residents in Havering.

Shortage of daylight makes us grumpier

Havering has thrown its hat into the ring for the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture initiative and residents can play a part.

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

The Queen’s Speech; the Autumn Statement; and the Budget each spring – these used to be the big three dates in the parliamentary calendar until Chancellor Philip Hammond rejigged things last year.

Nutella is suffering from ingredientflation

This weekend is the chance for all of us to pay tribute to the servicemen and women who serve our country, keep us safe and sometimes have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Havering always plays its part with pride and the borough has a large number of Remembrance services on Sunday.

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of being among the first to ride one of the new Elizabeth Line trains running from Stratford to Shenfield.

It’s no surprise we care more for dogs

This story might make you heave, but the shocking pictures of rivers of human waste flooding the car park outside retirement homes should outrage us.

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On October 18 I delivered the main speech in a debate in the House of Commons titled Animals in Peril.

Worse waste of time than a Statham film

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