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In this week’s East London News Review Recorder reporters discuss the upcoming general election and the Ilford bridge with bullet holes from the Second World War.

Disabled people have said “life is still very unfair” in the borough, two years after a damning charity report highlighted the challenges they faced.

Ilford North constituents may well feel a sense of déjà vu this summer, with the three main election candidates reprising their campaigns of two years ago.

The snap election announced by Theresa May yesterday, has been approved by MPs.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes called himself “mystic Mike” after he correctly predicted Theresa May would call an election months ago.

Incumbent Ilford North MP Wes Streeting says his record in Parliament will help him retain the borough’s most marginal seat.

The former Ilford North Conservative MP Lee Scott has announced his intention to seek his party’s nomination in June’s election.

With the snap general election set for June 8, here are all your vote-registering questions answered in preparation for election day.

A snap general election has been called by prime minister Theresa May, to be held in June.

In just under two years, Britain has had one general election, one referendum, two prime minsters and faces the prospect of a third.

Tory MP for Woodford Green Iain Duncan Smith has backed Theresa May’s call for an early general election, saying “she has made the right choice”.

The prime minister Theresa May has announced a general election on June 8.

The promised “gold standard” consultation on highly-contested changes parking rules in Wanstead opened yesterday.

Ahead of the candlelit vigil this evening for victims of the Westminster terror attack, an Ilford MP has said his “heart is broken” for those injured and killed.

We asked readers to share their views on the EU ruling about religious symbols and clothing at work.

The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the EU, ruled that Islamic headscarves could be banned at work, but only as part of a general policy barring all religious and political symbols – including Christian crosses and Jewish kippahs.

Independent businesses have reacted nervously across the borough to the rise in business rates, despite the chancellor pledging more relief on those “hardest hit”.

A “noisy” banqueting hall has promised its neighbours it will hand out lollipops to quieten loud partygoers, a licensing hearing heard.

The chancellor’s reduction in tax breaks for self-employed people has been described as both tackling the “gig economy” and “anti aspiration” by Redbridge politicians.

The £2billlion cash injection for social care announced in today’s Budget does not go far enough, claims the Ilford North MP.

With “massive” hikes in business rates, many shops in Wanstead High Street fear they may have to close.

Changes to the businesses rates, risk “sounding the death knell of small high street businesses” says an MP.

I often plan the radio show while sat in a coffee shop. In fact, in the past I have made a feature out of the things I #haveOverheardInARomfordCoffeeShop as Twitter makes me say it.

Local businesses face huge rises in their business rates from April.

A budget that will see Redbridge Council save £30.3million in “transformations” by 2022 was branded “fiscal incontinence” by the opposition last night.

Three sports’ governing bodies have slammed Redbridge Council’s post-Oakfields playing pitch proposals, saying they are not “achievable or realistic”.

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The leader of Redbridge Council is demanding answers from the prime minister after claims of a sweetheart deal with Surrey County Council came to light.

I campaigned passionately for Britain to remain in the EU, so I never wished to vote to trigger Article 50.

Opinion: View from the House: Mike Gapes on Brexit

Monday, February 13, 2017

The people of Ilford and of the UK did not vote for Theresa May’s version of Brexit. That’s why I voted against Article 50.

It is an issue that divided the country last year, and now, with the finer details being debated in Parliament, Brexit is back in the headlines.

The Recorder has produced an easy-to-understand guide to everything Brexit after the country took a massive step towards leaving the EU on Wednesday.

A perk that grants free travel to the flatmates of TfL staff now costs London taxpayers more than £33m a year in lost revenue, according to new figures.

“By standing shoulder to shoulder, we can make a difference and we will make a difference,” said Rabbi Sufrin.

The leader of Redbridge Council has stressed that its upcoming budget will focus on transforming services and streamlining infrastructure to save money.

A special ceremony was held in today to remember the lives of the millions who died in the Holocaust and other atrocities around the world.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has signed a letter to prime minister Theresa May voicing strong concerns about the dangers of her approach to Brexit.

A doctors’ union representative has said the government is “totally wrong” for trying to force GPs to keep their surgeries open for longer.

A charity which caters to Muslim burial needs has been given the green light to create a contested 10,000 plot cemetery.

The highly-contested proposed parking scheme in Wanstead could now start in May or June – three months after originally planned.

Veteran Ilford South MP Mike Gapes will not vote to trigger article 50 and commence Brexit negotiations, regardless of Jeremy Corbyn’s wishes.

The prime minister’s speech on how to leave the European Union (EU) has divided the borough’s MPs, as she indicated she would pursue a “hard” Brexit.

A survey by a national children’s charity has shown that 70 per cent of teenagers want all schools to have lessons on sex and relationships (SRE).

Controversial changes to the way Redbridge Council does business have been watered down after a tense meeting last night, but are still likely to become a reality.

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