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It is widely accepted that a child is a gift from God, which is entrusted to a couple and it is their inalienable duty to give that child a holistic upbringing.

As we move into a new decade, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all Redbridge residents a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2020.

We are still basking in the advent of the year 2020 and for some of us, it is full of promise and opportunities whilst for others, it brings trepidation and uncertainty about the days ahead.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Test your festive lyrics knowledge in our Christmas Eve quiz.

It was approximately 1am on December 10, 2019, I stood in an operating theatre of an NHS hospital with my wife attached to monitors and medical teams working flat out in an attempt to safely deliver our new born son.

Christmas is traditionally a time of extravagance and a chance to spoil loved ones with gifts, great food and merry cheer. But can we enjoy the festive season sustainably?

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We are in the sweet spot. The stress of the election is over, the worry of food shortages can't kick in till next year even if they are real, so now we have Christmas. It's time to eat, drink and be merry.

Isn't it amazing what people will complain about?

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Families love them or hate them; we all have one.

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Everything seems bigger and better in America.

Recently, I watched the election debate on BBC, and after two hours I still felt unsure of who to vote for.

As Autumn turns the trees to an oxidised red and the leaves drop to the ground like the end of Adam and Eve's date night, we all know what happens next. Our hopes of a Sunday morning lie-in are ruined by some fussy neighbour and their leaf blower.

Do humanists, with our lack of faith, lack a moral compass?

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Politics divides people. Left or right? Capital versus labour. In or out?

East Area Command police officers are appealing for donations for this year's Christmas Tree Appeal which aims to support children in need.

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As any pet owner will know, this is a hard time of year. Our little furry friends don't understand why we set off fireworks.

This Sunday (November 17) will be Mitzvah Day. Most Jews understand a mitzvah to mean a good and kind deed. But in Hebrew, the word actually means a divine commandment.

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So yet another general election has been called.

Armistice Day brings back some very poignant memories for 94-year-old Len Brace, a veteran British Army driver from Clayhall.

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Today we have been given confirmation that the proposal to hold a festival on Wanstead Flats has been withdrawn.

A good friend of mine died last week after a very short illness. She was much loved and leaves a gap that will be huge for her family, her friends and her community. In such a short time everything changed.

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Today (Saturday), parliament will sit for the first time since the outbreak of the Falklands War and only the fourth time since the Second World War.

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When I was 11 years old, I was on a ferry on a school trip. We decided to play run outs.

Redbridge Council is planning to introduce double yellow lines to parts of Ilford because fire engines and other emergency vehicles are being delayed when driving to incidents.

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Many readers will be aware that two years ago the Mayor of London controversially decided to remove Uber's licence and, following an appeals process, grant them a temporary licence instead.

When it comes to decision-making, they say "If you are not at the table, then you are probably on the menu!"

Something doesn't add up about the Met Police estates strategy.

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After prime minister Boris Johnson visited Whipps Cross University Hospital, I have written to him, to again raise the case for the urgent need to support the Strategic Case for funds for the re-development of Whipps Cross Hospital.

Next Monday and Tuesday (September 30 - October 1) the Jewish Community will be celebrating the Jewish New Year.

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The House of Commons has voted to ensure that Boris Johnson cannot crash our country out of the European Union on October 31 without a Deal.

There were many occasions during our childhood when my brother and I would squabble or fight over some game or toy and maybe cry: "It's not fair" or "Mummy, make him give me that, it's mine". The response we got depended upon the parental mood at the time.

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