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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.

Proposals that would radically change the structure of Redbridge Council have been branded “miserable” and “draconian” by members of the opposition.

Councillors were split while discussing plans to begin charging residents for the collection of their garden waste at Redbridge Town Hall last night.

Redbridge’s opposition leader has raised concerns about the cost of the council’s senior management restructure, ahead of more redundancies in the new year.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting swapped the corridors of Westminster for the streets of Ilford when he joined police officers for their shift yesterday morning.

A scheme to drive up standards and improve the management of private rented accommodation has been given the go ahead.

A new study has shown parking charges from the local authority has generated nearly £3.5million in profit over the last year.

Ofsted inspectors have rated the council’s care leaving service, delivered by Barnardo’s as “requiring improvement”.

Campaigners are celebrating after a long-fought battle for improved transport access for disabled and elderly commuters at Newbury Park station has been won.

An MP has blasted the chancellor of the exchequer’s Autumn Statement, unveiled on Wednesday.

Kaleigh is a six-year-old girl who lives in my constituency of Ilford North.

The parents of a six-year-old girl with an incurable cancerous tumour are urging Recorder readers to sign their petition for more research into the condition.

A rise in the living wage and increase in income tax threshold was announced in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement today.

A grandfather implored council officers to take more action to reduce high-speeding cars along the borough’s roads.

Those experiencing mental health problems or homelessness in the borough will be able to access hardship payments immediately after a benefit sanction.

Redbridge Council’s contentious plans to build 800 homes on Oakfield Playing Fields have been opposed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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Councillors have voted unanimously to create an additional 210 places at Nightingale Primary School in South Woodford.

People of all faiths and backgrounds paid their respects this morning, to remember those who sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

A British Muslim leader says Donald’s Trump’s election as next President of the United States is “hugely worrying”.

Wanstead MP John Cryer has said he has “confidence” that Parliament will not “defy” the public when it comes to voting on Brexit.

An engine malfunction has seen a car block access to the A406 southbound at the Ilford Hill junction this afternoon.

An Ilford man has been handed a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a woman on a train during the rush hour.

The election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States earlier this morning has been dubbed “worse than Brexit” by one of the borough’s MPs.

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