This is an important formal civic meeting. The Chair and Deputy Chair of Council is elected, Committee and Executive arrangements are announced while the Overview & Scrutiny and Audit reports are published.
At the beginning pupils from Selwyn Primary school had entertained guests with music (who had learnt to play under the Council "Every Child A Musician" programme").
The Newham Mayor, Sir Robins Wales then thanked the retiring Council head of regeneration, Clive Dutton and the 2012 Newham Young Mayor, Abraham Male.
Robin in his speech attacked the savage government cuts that have affected our residents far more than the wealthy parts of London. The bedroom tax targets the poorest members of our society.