Monday, September 20, 2021

Back to the Old Town Hall in Stratford

It was great to be in the historic Old Town Hall in Stratford for this evening's Newham Full Council Meeting. There was even an demonstration outside by residents protesting about the closure of Newham City Farm. 

It was a "blended" meeting with Councillors, officers and residents physically present and others joining via zoom or YouTube. 

There was a few technical problems (I have yet to experience a "blended" meeting where things go well). 

The meeting took place in the main hall which was where the Keir Hardie general election count took place in 1892 (he was elected as the first Labour MP).

While I think that there is still a real risk of further Covid restrictions on such gatherings, it was good to be back and I look forward to tomorrow's Scrutiny Meeting which is being held at East Ham Town Hall. 

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