I love the Recorder’s new format and I am delighted it has returned to its exclusive focus on Newham. Congratulations to Archant Newspaper Group and Editor Michael Adkins.
While assessing the new look, I reflected that the Recorder has been a constant feature throughout my life.
Growing up in Silvertown, my parents bought the paper every week. It plopped on to the mat with the Daily Mirror every Thursday morning. I can’t remember when I first appeared in it. Dad was a keen amateur photographer and converted our coal shed into a small darkroom, to develop and print his photos. He used to submit pictures to the Recorder all the time, often photos of athletics meetings he was at, but also of me and my sister at school events or to publicise the local Brownie and Guide packs.
As a young child, I wanted to be a journalist and imagined myself writing for the Recorder.
Next year sees the 10th anniversary of my election as the Member of Parliament for West Ham and for much of that time I have been privileged to write a regular column. I aim to share with readers a flavour of what’s going on at Westminster, the pressing issues of the day and some of the lighter moments, too.
Feedback I get shows that Newham people pay close attention to what they read in the Recorder. Readers tell me when they have liked something I said, or think I’ve got things wrong. They ask after Cara, my dog and give feedback on my summertime reading and even the cut of my wedding dress.
To the Recorder and all its readers, alike, I say “Keep up the good work!”