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Newham College remains 'proud of reputation'

In light of recent events concerning an online recording expressing views which do not reflect the values of Newham College, and in the best interests of the College, the Board of Governors has agreed with the Principal, Denise Brown-Sackey, that she will take a leave of absence, pending an independent investigation into recent allegations.

Newham College's focus remains unwaveringly on its learners. We are proud of our reputation as a leading college and a fair employer, not least as the only FE College in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index top 100, and will continue to make this the focus of our work.

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Burglar breaks in to house, steals nothing, and moves kitchen items to the garden

Police are appealing to the public for information after a house was broken into in east London, nothing was taken, but some items ended up in the garden. It happened Haldane Road in east London.

Tenant pays £350 a month just to live in a shed

A senior Labour MP says a national register of private landlords needs to be set up to stop vulnerable tenants being forced to live in sub-standard housing. It comes after a tenant was forced to pay £350 a month to live in a shed in Newham in east London.

Sir Alan Meale claims some agencies are charging unjustifiably high fees, including up to £250 just to check a tenant's references. He said:

In truth, the private rented sector is not the market it should or needs to be. We are not talking about taking this under a state scheme or anything else.

This is purely protection and lifting the private rented sector to a level that will give all our constituents the chance to live decently.

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