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My Recorder column last February focused on skills as critical to making Brexit a success.

Everyone wants to starfish in bed

The days are getting noticeably longer - it is now light until 5pm or so - and the temperatures are starting to rise.

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

Whenever Sadiq Khan is questioned about London’s stratospheric violent crime rates on TV or radio, he regurgitates the same pre-scripted answers which Londoners have become all too familiar with.

Don’t upset the Neighbourhood Watch

While Brexit is making all the headlines, the most serious local issue I am contaced about by my constituents is crime.

Most of us will, fortunately, never know the pain of having a child with a life-threatening illness.

Fancy a stint as butler for Queen Elizabeth

In 2018 I launched a campaign Calling Time on Crime, demanding that the government put more resources into front-line policing and reverse the cuts in funding.

Vegan paint? Not as bad as Phil’s driving...

We must not forget terrible genocides

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

Amidst the fast-changing situation in Westminster as MPs debate our withdrawal from the EU, one of the crucial tasks for me and my parliamentary team has been to ensure that political developments do not crowd out progress on the issues that matter most to constituents.

Three years on, where do we go from here?

Setting a budget to run a borough, especially when you have to make savings, must be such a difficult undertaking.

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

On the rare occasions that the mayor does something right, I am always prepared to give credit where it’s due.

The truth about the NHS and technology

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

2018 has been a significant year in British politics. It has been an exciting, and sometimes challenging, year.

I’ll be spending my holiday in Gatwick

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

2018: A year of big buttons and Brexit

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

Policing is a priority issue for constituents, and I have had successive meetings recently with the police minister, home secretary and prime minister herself to raise community safety at the very highest level.

How to calm your Christmas travel woes

Throughout the past year we have followed little Isla Caton’s battle against cancer.

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

Readers may not have heard of Sadiq Khan’s planned expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), but it is set to have a detrimental impact on the hundreds of thousands of people who drive inside the North and South Circulars every day.

Christmas, the time of year when we are pressured to buy things no one wants for people we don’t want to buy for at prices we’re not happy with.

The discovery that a man who had been jailed for using his position as a police officer to prey on vulnerable women could have been allowed to work at Queen’s hospital without a compulsory background check is worrying both for staff and patients.

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

Last Friday, you may have noticed the flag of the Commonwealth of Nations proudly flying from Havering Town Hall.

People say, “Age is nothing but a number.”

This week’s edition of the Recorder carries with it the sad news that the operators of The Retailery - a much loved shared space in Romford Market Place - will be closing the venue in January next year.

Violent moped and motorbike-related crime is a scourge on our streets.

People seem to enjoy getting angry at the news these days. I really shouldn’t help, but here’s a story you might find annoying.

I want to take you back to 2011, the summer of the riots.

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

We all know that London is experiencing a violence epidemic, with knife crime up by 50 per cent since September 2015.

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