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Becoming a parent can be an overwhelming experience for many people.

And those who are the most vulnerable in society, or have little or no extended family network to call on for support, struggle the most.

I don’t think I can ever recall a more divided government than the current Tory one - with cabinet members routinely stabbing each other in the front, and the back.

Voters are set to go to the polls for the local elections this Thursday, May 3.

The Liberal Democrats are not fielding any candidates in the local election in Barking and Dagenham in order to concentrate their efforts on electioneering in Newham, the chair of the Newham and Barking and Dagenham Liberal Democrats has revealed.

Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticsed “ridiculous one-party state” councils as he rallied the party’s local branch ahead of the May elections.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Q&A: My Barking and Dagenham

Friday, February 16, 2018

After making headlines by defecting from Ukip to the Conservatives this week, Peter Harris is keen to tackle the borough’s challenges head on.

Outer London boroughs, which includes Barking and Dagenham, will suffer the greatest productivity loss in the capital after Brexit, according to a report commissioned by the Greater London Authority.

MI5 was “actively” investigating the Barking-based ringleader of the London Bridge atrocity at the time of the terror attack, according to an official assessment.

The council and its leader have hit back at a New York Times journalist who branded Dagenham a “stronghold of anti-Muslim nativists” in a newspaper article.

Plans for a sprawling film studio fit for Hollywood in Dagenham East were today backed in a study co-commissioned by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

One year on from the vote to leave the European Union, our Brexit-backing borough is being urged to make its voice heard in negotiations.

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