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The prime minister has visited two Upminster schools to see the new coronavirus measures put in place.

Havering Council’s leader has called for the borough’s residents to benefit from discounted journeys through the proposed Lower Thames Crossing - warning the council may withdraw its support for the project if not.

Fresh concerns have been raised over an investigation into claims that Havering’s boundary change proposals were corrupted.

An ex-Tory councillor has challenged Havering’s council leader to a live debate over gerrymandering allegations.

Havering Council has insisted that an investigation into allegations of impropriety will be impartial, after the investigator turned out to have links to the council.

A civil servant from another council will be brought in to investigate allegations that Havering’s boundary change proposals were manipulated for ‘political advantage’.

An MP has backed calls to add a Sikh tick box to the 2021 census, amid an ongoing legal battle over the group’s omission.

A former Tory councillor has unmasked himself as the insider who covertly recorded his colleagues in a meeting earlier this year.

Politicians have called for an intervention after a covert recording revealed Conservative councillors planning “politically advantageous” boundary changes

A tri-borough backroom scheme is set to see one of its member councils pull out entirely by the end of the month.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a number of measures to boost the ailing economy, including cuts to VAT and stamp duty, alongside bonuses for employers who bring back furloughed workers.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and Havering Council leader Damian White have welcomed a Government decision to stop plans to use a Hornchurch hotel as temporary asylum accommodation.

A plan to temporarily house asylum seekers at a Hornchurch hotel has been halted, the Home Office has confirmed.

Academic associations across the country are calling on the government to support “a new deal for higher education” saying a temporary bailout isn’t enough to help them get through the pandemic and beyond.

Asylum seekers could be temporarily housed at a Hornchurch hotel to help curb the spread of coronavirus, the Home Office has confirmed.

The NHS has prioritised Covid-19 from the moment its deadly potential became clear.

The number of universal credit claimants rose across east London between April and May, according to the latest figures from the department of work and pensions (DWP).

Havering Council has predicted it faces a budget deficit of more than £38million in this financial year following the impact of Covid-19.

A lawyer suggested there may have been “foul play” and “something going awry” at Havering Council during a cafe’s attempt to apply for an alcohol licence.

Havering residents must be the ones to choose whether to rename any monuments or street names, the borough’s outgoing mayor has said.

Havering’s constituencies have seen almost 30,000 jobs furloughed, figures show.

A survey by the Recorder of more than 800 people has found that 55.6 per cent don’t support the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd.

Anyone with a spare driveway can be earning hard cash from renting it out to motorists looking for parking spaces after lockdown ends with some households in east London making more than £1,600.

Labour politicians from across east London have called for the scrapping of plans to stop free travel for children on public transport in the capital.

“If I were to say that Havering has made strides, I would be lying,” says Councillor Tele Lawal, talking to the Recorder about Havering Council’s support for the borough’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community.

Havering Council has furloughed 260 members of staff during the pandemic “who are unable to work due to Covid-19-related issues”.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering — have called upon chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the self-employment income support scheme which is due to end this weekend.

Investigation into Woodford mosque row puts pressure on Romford nursery boss Jas Athwal

Opinion is divided among Havering’s MPs and residents as to whether Dominic Cummings was right to travel to Durham with his family during the coronavirus lockdown.

A retired Hornchurch PE teacher, whose son helped save 50 people’s lives, speaks of how the opt-out system “will change everything”.

New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

Havering councillors have revealed their concerns with a council protocol that could prevent committee members from voting on planning applications.

More than a fifth of children in working households in Dagenham and Rainham live in poverty, a study shows.

In a world without the coronavirus outbreak, Shaun Bailey could be Mayor of London right now.

As the prime minister announced the first steps to ease the lockdown on Sunday night, followed by questions from the public and journalists in a broadcast last night, Havering has reacted with a mix of satisfaction and confusion about the next steps.

As government-issued food parcels from the shielding programme are wrongly-allocated, Havering volunteers have stepped in to share out the unwanted boxes as well as make more for those in need who have missed out.

Opposition councillors in Havering have called for the return of some council meetings amidst accusations of a “cancellation of local democracy” during the coronavirus outbreak.

Out of 516 total deaths in Havering between March 1 and April 17, 166 (32 per cent) were coronavirus-related.

Follow our live blog for the latest news, announcements and medical advice from across east London, to be brought to you throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Council leader Damian White explains how the authority’s Emergency Assistance Scheme can provide cash and food vouchers

A group of MPs and council leaders has written to the health secretary demanding a Covid-19 test centre.

Council leader Damian White explains how the authority is doing what it can to help support businesses in the borough and urges residents to help support a new crowdfunding campaign to protect our local business people.

Council leader Damian White explains how it is distributing food parcels to the most vulnerable and has launched a business support helpline.

A group of 59 MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Havering — have urged Matt Hancock to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus crisis has changed the way most of us work, and for MPs like Andrew Rosindell it is no different.


The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

People are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by exploring destinations closer to home. Taking a holiday in the United Kingdom offers people the chance to uncover some stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and superb accommodation without having to jump on a plane. Here, we take a look at the type of places you can stay, the rules you need to follow and how to enjoy a great staycation.

Summer is here and people from across the South East region can enjoy the many attractions that we have on our doorstep, as long as we follow UK Government advice and enjoy summer safely. There are plenty of places to go and things to do to suit every budget. Here is our guide to the numerous great days out.

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