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By John Biggs


Well, it's budget time again. My job as an Assembly Member is to examine the Mayor's plans and look for the flaws.

So here they are (well, the big ones anyway). The good news is that the amount of Council Tax precept is remaining frozen in Boris' latest budget.


Tory leader David Cameron praised the University of East London when he visited its Docklands campus this week.

Cameron was speaking to students, staff and reporters at the event over a range of issues, including MPs expenses and his future plans, as well as a vision for a "new form of politics".

westham.jpgThe temperature may have been close to freezing but a warm front swept across Upton Park last night.

West Ham's 2-0 win over Birmingham, thanks to goals from Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole, saw them climb to 14th in the Premier League and gave fans hope of avoiding relegation this season.

westham.jpgThe troubled waters at Upton Park could be considerably smoothed if the Irons pick up a win against Birmingham City tonight.

The Hammers have hit the headlines for all the wrong reason this week and the best way to show a united front to the world would be to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

What We're Listening To

By Louisa Emery on February 10, 2010 4:13 PM |

The Music, Glee
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Wait until you have the house to yourself, then release your inner show stopper.

AA-Feb11-beckham.JPGThe David Beckham Academy has been reborn as the London Soccerdome.

The former England captain closed his football school in North Greenwich last month and doubt surrounded the future of the venue, which is due to be demolished after the 2012 Olympics.

Blonde's Eye View: Hooking up in public

By Rob Virtue on February 10, 2010 2:45 PM |

Angela Clarke doesn't cry in business meetings.


Last week I had a drink with some work colleagues. Consulting on a specific project, we've only met a handful of times.

Everything was flowing fine and dandy, till one girl had her handbag nicked. Right there from under our feet.

Ash Wednesday on the Wharf

By Rob Virtue on February 10, 2010 12:06 PM |


Two Christian events will be held at Canary Wharf next Wednesday to celebrate the beginning of Lent.

Both a lunchtime service at the prayer room in Churchill Mall and an early evening Roman Catholic mass at Barclays with the Archbishop of Westminster will take place.

Concrete Pencil: Not licensed to ill

By John Hill on February 10, 2010 10:13 AM |

Dan Bourke can't wallow in sickness at home, so he's doing it here


There's an ad at the moment for a blanket with sleeves - never in my life have I wanted anything more.

Just think: on the sofa, poorly, someone supportively kind has brought you a Lemsip.


A decision on whether to grant Sunborn International's yacht an extended stay in the Royal Docks has been deferred until March.

Newham Council had approved a previous application in October to put a 153 room hotel yacht next to the Excel centre.