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Emergency services communications 

23 Jun

In the last Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee, which I chaired, raised concerns about the timetable for introduction a new system of communication for our emergency services – the Emergency Services Network.


Queen’s Speech 2017 

22 Jun

See my response to the Queen’s Speech below.


Fire safety in Hackney’s private blocks 

22 Jun

I am concerned that poor building practices by private developers may result in similar problems to those which appear to have contributed to the tragedy at Grenfell.


Health accounts must not be delayed…again 

22 Jun

The Public Accounts Committee published 20 reports on health and social care in the previous Parliament.


Evergreen Play Association 

21 Jun

I recently had the pleasure to visit Evergreen Play in Hackney.


I will continue to fight for Hackney 

9 Jun

General Election acceptance speech: “Thank you for your confidence in electing me as MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch for the 4th time.


Protecting the Public’s Money 2016/17 

2 May

My second annual report examining the work of the Public Accounts Committee, covering topics such as the NHS , tax, devolution, transparency and accountability.


Cancer Drugs Fund 

28 Apr

Last year the Public Accounts Committee, which I Chair, raised serious concerns about the evaluation of drugs provided through the Cancer Drugs Fund.


Free Schools 

26 Apr

The Government’s funding of free schools is incoherent and offers poor value for money.


£1.5bn lost tax from online VAT fraud 

20 Apr

Today’s National Audit Office report shows that HMRC’s prolonged failure to collect the right amount of VAT from online sellers outside the EU resulted in lost tax revenue of up to £1.5 billion in 2015-16.


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Queen`s speech – second draft 

22 Jun

From: Cabinet Office and Prime Minister`s Office, 10 Downing Street Part of: Government transparency and accountability Content: Queen`s Speech 2017 first draft for Her Majesty`s input From: Buckingham Palace Content: Queen`s Speech 2017 second draft...


Tragedy 

19 Jun

It is conceivable that during the early hours of last Wednesday morning returning from a game of football between France and England in Paris the previous evening, Prime Minister Theresa May on final approach to RAF Northolt might have glanced out of...


Letter – Hackney Community Gardeners on the many virtues of Hackney Downs Park 

14 Jun

Garden state: Hackney Community Gardeners are proposing to rejuvenate Hackney Downs Park.


Saint Theresa 

14 Jun

There might just be a logical if difficult to grasp reason for the political instability we now face and it might just transpire that this reverse but credible logic will result in Theresa May being judged by history as being the greatest ever ...


Past Tense – London Rebel History Calendar 

12 Jun

A highly recommended daily London radical history blog from our comrades at Past Tense:  https://pasttenseblog.


Brexit Pessimism 

11 Jun

I have rarely felt as pessimistic about Brexit happening as I do this morning.


Volunteering Opportunities at Mobile Garden City 

9 Jun

Hi Everyone,  We are looking for volunteers to come and help out with a range of gardening activities and tasks at...


Morning has broken…it`s time 

8 Jun

With the result of the General Election now a foregone conclusion and with a guaranteed landslide heading towards President Theresa May, the BBC can at last stop searching the streets to interview former Labour voters who will now enthusiastically ...


Living in a gig economy 

5 Jun

It was promoted as the gig of the century with a galaxy of top artists scheduled to appear in what was intended to be a celebration and a commemoration...


First Barclays Partner Uber, Then Tesco, And Now Westfield Who Have Given Them A Rank…. By Jim Thomas 

5 Jun

On top of the recent news this week, that Tesco and Westfield to partner with Uber and local councils are now advertising Uber promotional codes on emails to residents, we now find there is now a concerted effort being made in local and national news...


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Arts & culture »

I bought 10 Edition Wandelweiser CDs for 50 Euros and now I’m posting tweet-length reviews after drinking beer in the sun. 

15 Jun

Tim Parkinson: cello piece A study in self-knowledge triumphing over self-expression, allowing the personal to speak for the universal.


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge 

11 Jun

A rigorous and essential framework for acknowledging, understanding, and countering structural racism in British society.


Reasons to be Cheerful casting announced! 

8 Jun

We are delighted to announce the full cast for the upcoming tour of our acclaimed musical Reasons to be Cheerful , which will hit the road one final time this autumn.


In memory of Sophie Partridge 

8 Jun

We are devastated to hear that actor, campaigner and theatre-maker Sophie Partridge passed away earlier this week.


ICYMI: Hear Paul Beatty talking fruit, satire, and cognitive dissonance at Sutton House 

6 Jun

We were super excited to welcome 2016 Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty to Hackney on Friday night, and if you weren’t lucky enough to nab a ticket before they sold out, you can now listen to the whole thing below.


What Is, What Will Be 

30 May

I’ve been working on my own thing for the past couple of weeks, and listening to a lot of stuff at home.


Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney 

25 May

‘Things and people moved around me, taking positions in obscure hierarchies, participating in systems I didn’t know and never would.


Hannah Torrance’s blog | Write to Play year 4 

25 May

Storm in a Tea Cup The time has arrived for me to take up the blogging baton, and just in time for Miniature 2.


THE END WE START FROM by Megan Hunter 

20 May

We love this sparsely elegant, intimate poem-like novel about new motherhood in an imagined dystopian future where London is submerged by flood waters and we are all refugees.


A great day out at the Free Verse Poetry Magazine Fair 

14 May

Sometimes someone comes along and does something that, once it’s done, seems like it must always have been this way.


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Features »

ldner | sonya barber 

23 Jun

This week’s LDNER is all about London, shaking down all the best places and things to do in the city…hey, that’s a little like us…so it’s fair to say that she is just a little bit coooool.


Edith Walks – Andrew Kötting, Iain Sinclair and their band of Mummers 

22 Jun

Ahead of EDITH: A Performance at St John’s on Bethnal Green  in the East End Film Festival I recall the day I spent with Andrew Kötting’s merry band of Mummers as they started out on their 100-mile pilgrimage to Hastings from Waltham Abbey ~ ~ ...


via serenaflavell 

21 Jun

via serenaflavell...


Naseem Khan 

21 Jun

We were very sad to learn that Naseem Khan, one of our founding trustees, died on 8th June.


a rosé festival is coming 

21 Jun

Considering there was a prosecco festival in May it was only a matter of time before someone started a rosé festival.


Amended Lea Valley Eastside Vision waved through by Cabinet 

20 Jun

The Cabinet at the London Borough of Waltham Forest have waved through the amended Lea Valley Eastside Vision.


What’s in the bags this week – 21 June 

19 Jun

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


win a six week intense personal training plan from right path fitness 

19 Jun

If you’ve still got some fitness goals you wanna smash before summer is over, give personal training a go.


Borough – Bermondsey borders 

19 Jun

Because of the size of the file for this dense inner city area, the square has been divided into four.


Smith & Pinkney, solicitors 

17 Jun

Street View: 75 Address: 41 Chiswell Street No elevation from the Tallis Street View to grace the top of this post as Tallis depicted numbers 1-37 and on the other side of the street numbers 53-91, missing out 39 to 52.


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Events »

ldner | sonya barber 

23 Jun

This week’s LDNER is all about London, shaking down all the best places and things to do in the city…hey, that’s a little like us…so it’s fair to say that she is just a little bit coooool.


a rosé festival is coming 

21 Jun

Considering there was a prosecco festival in May it was only a matter of time before someone started a rosé festival.


win a six week intense personal training plan from right path fitness 

19 Jun

If you’ve still got some fitness goals you wanna smash before summer is over, give personal training a go.


victoria park market to open 

16 Jun

A brand new weekly farmers market complete with 50 stalls is opening in Victoria Park.


ldner #211: peyman and rana darban 

16 Jun

This week’s LDNERs are the husband and wife team behind White Mulberries in St Katharine Docks, which is located in Ivory House, the only original warehouse still standing in the docks.


create your own private restaurant 

15 Jun

Got a special occasion to celebrate but don’t want to go out to a restaurant full of other people? Or just can’t hack the pressure of hosting a dinner party at your place? Bring the restaurant and chef to you instead.


the art of dmc 

14 Jun

Expect limited edition prints, comic-inspired artworks, and hip-hop at Hang-Up Gallery’s  brand new exhibition, ‘The Art of DMC’.


Hackney Summer Fete returns to St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens on 8 July 

14 Jun

Hackney Summer Fete returns to the heart of London’s greenest borough on Saturday 8 July, in the beautiful 3.12 hectare stretch of beautiful lawns and gardens that’s also home to “one of London’s most awe-inspiring places to catch a gig”, St...


June Workshops 

14 Jun

Yes, June is here and with it, warmth and sunshine, and a great time to cycle! Time to get your bike in good running condition The dates for our June workshops are: • Tuesday 6th June – Hackney City Farm, 7-9PM • Tuesday 20th June – Hackney ...


How about them apples? Strongroom Bar Cider & Cheese Festival coming later this month 

13 Jun

After the roaring success of the last few years’ USA Beer Festivals, the guys at Strongroom have decided to celebrate something a little different this year with their Cider Cheese Festival.


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Schools »

Donations 

23 Jun

Thank you to everyone that kindly donated to the charity for the Grenfell Tower, all donations have now been distributed.


Sports Day 

23 Jun

What a fantastic Sports Day was had by all, as we lathered up on the sun cream and raced our feet off, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the events.


Peripatetic Teacher 

23 Jun

Peripatetic Teacher (Inner London Spine, plus performance related bonuses and other benefits) View/download: Job Pack Closing date for applications: Friday 7th June 2017 at 9am For more information about working for The City Academy, Hackney and ...


Summer Sharing – Thursday 13th July 6.00pm – 7.00pm 

23 Jun

The Expressive Arts faculty are holding their annual summer sharing on Thursday the 13 th of July from 6.00-7.00pm in the school hall.


Stars of the week for the w/c 15th & 22nd May 

22 Jun

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week! w/c 15th May EYFS KS1 KS2 w/c 22nd May KS2...


Haggerston School wins the Carnegie Medal 

21 Jun

Haggerston School success at Hackney literary competition The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for young people.


Published Authors 

21 Jun

Last year, students from SJB worked with volunteers at the Ministry of Stories and Penguin Random House to publish their own stories.


Step In To The Future 

21 Jun

Join us on Friday 30th June to walk around the school and explore our vision for the future...


Drama Teacher 

20 Jun

Drama Teacher (Inner London Spine, plus performance related bonuses and other benefits) View/download: Job Pack Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd June 2017 at 9am For more information about working for The City Academy, Hackney and ...


TIMED – A Year 5 and 6 Performance 

20 Jun

We are very excited to inform you of the upcoming extravaganza that is the Grazebrook end of year performance.


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