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I've recently been performing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Better Than and I have been fortunate enough to get included in The Telegraph's joke of the Fringe list.

You may have noticed in the news that the number of measles and mumps cases has been rising over the last few years.

Primary school teacher Luan Goldie has released her debut novel with a major publisher. Acclaimed for her short stories, she talks about the borough, what's good about it and what she'd like to see change.

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

People think being rich is about how much money you have. They are wrong.

I've been campaigning for more investment in local policing for the last 10 months, so I welcome the prime ministers commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers - replacing the 21,000 that have been lost due to government cuts over the last nine years.

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

The news recently has either been about Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt or the weather. The one thing they have in common is that none of them are cool.

We can soon expect a decision from Transport for London regarding the introduction of a school day-only bus service for All Saints Catholic School.

Simona Staputiene, 37, is the co-founder of Leaping Toads day nursery and activity centre. She's an educator, and comes from a family of three generations of artists.

With schools out for summer, there's loads on offer for young people and families here in Barking and Dagenham. There are events and activities across the borough - there truly is something for everyone.

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

It's been a fun week of seeing how upset Donald Trump got after being called inept by a UK ambassador.

With the summer holidays fast approaching, it's wise to take a moment to look after your health so you can make the most of a warm summer.

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

You can now change your mobile provider by text. That seems fair.

The Young Londoners Fund has been set up by City Hall in the wake of swingeing government cuts to youth services, to help children and young people to fulfil their potential- particularly those most at risk of getting caught up in crime.

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

The recent fire in De Pass Gardens was truly devastating and will have surely shocked everyone in Barking and Dagenham.

Charity volunteer Olugbenga Obakin is a financial crime consultant with a passion for writing. His new book, Perfect Teens Do (Not) Exist, is about helping young people make informed decisions.

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

Residents that keep up to date with my work in the constituency may have seen that since September I have been campaigning to 'Protect Rainham's Air' - fighting against plans to build a second huge waste incinerator on the banks of the Thames opposite Dagenham Ford.

Charity director Fatuma Edomi, who set up Barking-based Triangoals with fellow mum Jeorgina to provide young people with opportunities, speaks about her aspirations

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

As the Tory leadership race ploughs on one major theme has been drugs. I don't mean the ones you have to take to be able to cope with all the coverage.

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