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Disgraced ex-mayor of Tower Hamlets loses latest appeal against five-year ban 

23 Jun

The former Tower Hamlets mayor who was barred from running for office for corrupt and illegal practices has lost the latest stage of his appeal bid.


Former mayor of Tower Hamlets loses appeal against being barred from running for office 

22 Jun

The former mayor of Tower Hamlets who was barred from running for office after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices has lost the latest stage of an appeal bid.


Social mobility programme praised at east London hospitals 

22 Jun

Barts Health NHS Trust has been praised for its efforts to recruit more people from working-class backgrounds.


Geffrye Museum’s former director David Dewing is made an OBE 

22 Jun

The man at the centre of the £14 million rejuvenation of an educational and heritage centre in Shoreditch has been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Customer needs metal plate in face after attack in Poplar newsagent’s 

22 Jun

Detectives are issuing a CCTV image in an appeal this week for public help to track down two men who beat up a customer in a newsagent’s in Poplar.


Canary Wharf financiers give up their high-flying jobs to help small businesses in Africa 

21 Jun

Two Canary Wharf consultants have given up their high-pay finance industry jobs to help fledgling businesses in Africa and to change the way big companies think about their “social impact”.


Deaf UEL photographer says condition inspires her art 

21 Jun

A deaf Nepalese photographer from the University of East London credits her disability with improving her art.


Workers at Barts Health NHS Trust to strike over 30p an hour pay rise dispute 

21 Jun

Contract staff working at Barts Health NHS Trust plan three separate strikes over a pay rise dispute after voting overwhelmingly to take industrial action.


Bethnal Green campaign group director faces trial over ‘password disclosure refusal’ 

21 Jun

The director of a campaign group charged with failing to disclose his mobile phone password after he was detained at Heathrow Airport is to face trial later this year.


Tower Hamlets joins the nation to pay tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox 

20 Jun

The nation paid homage on the first anniversary at the weekend of MP Jo Cox’s murder.


Muslim families in Whitechapel establish solidarity group against Islamist terrorism 

20 Jun

Muslim families in Whitechapel have set up a new organisation to show solidarity with Londoners against Islamist terrorism after the London Bridge attacks.


Bethnal Green youth theatre director delighted by advert award success 

19 Jun

An actress and youth theatre director has won an award for her performance in a television commercial.


Top tips for keeping warm during the hot weather in Tower Hamlets 

19 Jun

With the mercury reaching the low 30s over the weekend and expected to remain high throughout the week people will be looking for ways to keep cool.


How to keep cool and stay safe during this week’s heatwave 

19 Jun

People across Tower Hamlets are being urged to stay cool, hydrated and to check on vulnerable neighbours during the extreme hot weather predicted this week.


Police appeal after Central Line sexual assault 

19 Jun

A man sexually assaulted a 48-year-old woman on the Central Line twice before getting off the tube at Newbury Park.


Tower Hamlets police chief – who used to work in Redbridge – scoops top award 

19 Jun

Ch Supt Sue Williams has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her dedication to protecting the most vulnerable.


Families flee maisonette fire in Shadwell 

19 Jun

Families woke in the middle of the night when fire broke out in a block of maisonettes at Shadwell — just 48 hours after the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in Ladbroke Grove.


‘Attempted murder’ probe after vicious attack in Isle of Dogs 

19 Jun

A man is critically injured in hospital after he was seriously assaulted near Dagmar Court and Plevna Street in the early hours of yesterday morning.


Man who stabbed off-duty police officer in Bow for ‘looking at his girlfriend’ is jailed 

16 Jun

A violent thug who stabbed an off-duty police officer in Bow for ‘looking at his girlfriend’ has been jailed for 12 years today.


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Thug armed with 10-inch knife jailed for stabbing police officer 

22 Jun

Andrew Beadie  Pic Met Police A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.


Armed thug jailed for stabbing Police Officer 

22 Jun

Andrew Beadie (Met Police Picture) A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.


Over There! By London English Song Festival 

22 Jun

Over There! By London English Song Festival is coming to Wilton’s Music Hall Tuesday 18 th – Thursday 20 th July with special matinee performances for children.


Brick Lane Theatre Festival: Experimental theatre in the East End 

19 Jun

FUCK’D won a place at the festival via an online competition Pic: Yuvan Kumar Experimental theatre has come to Brick Lane in the form of a summer festival.


Diabetes cases in Tower Hamlets are on the rise 

19 Jun

The new ‘Food you love’ campaign hopes to encourage people to eat healthier.


Are our tower blocks safe? East London mayors speak out 

19 Jun

Grenfell Tower, Kensington.


Crossrail guard attempted to join IS 

18 Jun

Shamim Ahmed (pictured) was attempting to join ISIS in Syria.


Fire in East London tower block, days after Grenfell Tower 

16 Jun

Firefighters attended the scene.


Hackney to celebrate the life of Jo Cox 

16 Jun

Thousands gather to remember Jo Cox.


Fathers Day Feast 

15 Jun

This Sunday it’s time to celebrate Dads! We’ve rounded up a variety of places all with exceptional food and great offers for a fantastic Fathers Day feast.


Rockafella AKA R.F. Store 

14 Jun

THMs have partnered with Rockafella to give 15% off for the men in your lives just in time for fathers day! Established 15 years ago Rockafella is a bit of an institution on Roman rd.


The Great Get Together 

14 Jun

Come and gather to honour the life of Jo Cox MP with The Great Get Together picnic in Victoria Park on Sunday 18 th of June.


Baby Loves Disco 

14 Jun

Re-live your raving days with the kids in tow – Baby Loves Disco is back at Shoreditch Town Hall on Saturday 1 st July.


Man in critical condition after being hit by a bus in Bethnal Green 

13 Jun

A man is in hospital after being hit by a bus in Bethnal Green Pic: Julian Walker A man is in critical condition after being hit by a bus near Bethnal Green station this morning.


#ELLection – Labour maintains stronghold in Tower Hamlets 

9 Jun

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushnara Ali.


The Mudchute Agricultural Show 

8 Jun

Back for 2017,  The Mudchute Agricultural Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, the 1st and 2nd of July.


Summer Holiday Kiddikicks & Athletics 

8 Jun

Win a free term of Summer Holiday Kiddikicks and Athletics with Tower Hamlets Mums! Summer Holidays are around the corner and Kiddikicks have some excellent discounts on their introduction to athletics and football courses for kids.


#ELLection: What lies ahead for young people and their careers 

7 Jun

What is next for young people’s job security? Pic: Wikimedia Commons Young voters care passionately about issues such as job security – an issue that has not been centre stage of the current election campaign.


Mayor of Tower Hamlets in row with former deputy mayor 

6 Jun

Mayor John Biggs.


Photographer captures portraits of refugees in southern Italy 

6 Jun

Nimra from Pakistan.


#ELLection: How the future of energy could affect your vote 

5 Jun

East London residents taking part in RePowering Londons energy gardens project.


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Features »

The future of tech for good 

23 Jun

Would you hack your body so you could live forever? Some suggest this could be a possibility in the future, but is it useful to live forever and would we be happy? These were some of the issues we delved into at the latest Tech for Good Meetup  that...


Pictorial History of the Millwall Docks. Part 5: Closure 

23 Jun

The introduction of containers for cargo handling in the mid-1960s was the beginning of the end for the India and Millwall Docks.


Police Work In The East End 

23 Jun

A recurring feature concerning East End life and criminality in the 19th century in the Victorian newspapers, was just what a difficult, not to say dangerous area it was to police.


Over There! By London English Song Festival 

22 Jun

Over There! By London English Song Festival is coming to Wilton’s Music Hall Tuesday 18 th – Thursday 20 th July with special matinee performances for children.


City Cheats: Free Sports Classes in London 

21 Jun

We’re all starting to think about those summer bodies and how we should have stuck to our new year resolutions just a little bit longer.


Eight steps towards being plastic free 

21 Jun

Designer Sarah Fuller was so shocked by statistics produced byPlastic Free July in 2016 about plastic polluting our oceans and waterways,she decided to document her attempts at a lifestyle change towards ditching plastic.


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Comment »

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...


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 ...


Election Day special: an open thread 

8 Jun

As usual on election days, I’m opening up this (rusty) blog to everyone today for you to report on what’s happening at polling stations in Tower Hamlets (and Newham if possible).


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...


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Politicians »

Fitz Weekly: 21 June 2017 

21 Jun

Click here  to check out the new edition of Fitz Weekly- the best way for constituents in Poplar Limehouse to keep up to date.


Thank you! 

13 Jun

I would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to volunteer during the General Election campaign.


General Election – next week! 

31 May

DearJohn It's a week to go.


3 weeks to the General Election 

18 May

DearJohn Labour has set out it's manifesto for the many ; now we have 3 weeks left to tell people about it.


25 Days until UK General Election: On the knocker in Forest Gate & Ilford North 

14 May

Yesterday started with my Newham Councillor surgery in Vicarage Lane Community Centre, West Ham.


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Business »

Closing time for London pubs but Hackney drinks on to keep the beer flowing, the crisps crunching 

2 May

This empty premises became Dalston bar Farr’s School of Dancing, below right   IS HACKNEY London’s booziest borough? An analysis by two number-crunchers has found that the capital’s pubs are closing one by one, but only in Hackney are more ...


A Bethnal Green pop-up with fine food and drink that seems so healthy you won’t feel you’ve over-indulged 

27 Mar

Would-be restaurateur Francesca Allegra A POP-UP RESTAURANT in Bethnal Green is trialling something that looks innovative and more than a mere foodie fashion: gourmet sugar-free and low-carbohydrate meals.


The contract now starting at Liverpool St has been re-awarded. To Holland’s little-loved Abellio 

11 Aug

Above, not one of the trains being considered by Abellio: the service is at least a little more up to date than the Castlemaine-Maldon steamer in east Australia THE POPULAR Liverpool Street to Stansted airport rail route is to continue to ...


Hackneyites, a neat hotel idea could win you £20k 

20 Apr

HACKNEY CREATIVES, the borough’s reputation for innovation is at stake.


Apple eyes ambitious new Spitalfields shop 

15 Apr

Technology giant Apple is in talks for an ambitious new store in Spitalfields similar to its landmark cube shop on Fifth Avenue in New York.


Spud Brothers spread love of potatoes in Hackney 

17 Mar

A “potato-obsessed” chef is launching a stall this Sunday at Chatsworth Road Market, selling all manner of spud-based dishes.


New fears for Dalston’s much-loved cinema 

11 Feb

Last Chance Saloon? The Rio needs supporters to rally to give it a future BANKRUPTCY is becoming a looming fear for the Rio Cinema as its board ponders how to counter falling attendances and rising costs.


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LocalGov »

Abandoned car, 23rd June 

23 Jun

Abandoned car on my driveway for over 6 months - flat tyre front left wheel - manual drive Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 147 Raycroft Close, E14 Report on FixMyStreet...


Loose manhole cover in the middle of the street, belongs to Thames Water, 22nd June 

22 Jun

Loose cover since months, has not been fixed and keeps people awake at night when the local youth in their pimped BMW's race through the streets...


Litter on cycle and footpath, 22nd June 

22 Jun

There is a large amount of litter on the shared footpath and cycle track that is the northern arc from the underpass beneath the DLR adjacent to East Ferry Road around to the eastern end of Millwall Outer Dock towards the inner dock and South...


Lutfur Rahman’s 2017 judicial review 

22 Jun

Response by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to G Webber on 22 June 2017 .


ICT contract 

22 Jun

Follow up sent to Tower Hamlets Borough Council by Jon Smith on 22 June 2017 .


Parking on double yellow line, 21st June 

21 Jun

People continuously park on the double yellow line outside 65 Ellsworth Street.


ICT contract 

21 Jun

Response by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to Jon Smith on 21 June 2017 .


SEN children transitioning from primary to secondary school in 2017 

21 Jun

Response by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to Christina Savage on 21 June 2017 .


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999 »

Brigade set to carry out safety checks following Prime Minister’s announcement on panels 

22 Jun

Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister today it is important for Londoners who live in high rise properties to understand what it means for them.


Brigade reissues tower block safety advice 

22 Jun

We're stressing essential advice to help Londoners understand high rise safety following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower...


Thousands more emergency calls during hottest week of the year 

21 Jun

The sweltering conditions in the capital have caused a 40 per cent increase in 999 calls for ambulances.


Adele visits Chelsea firefighters to thank them for their work at Grenfell Tower 

20 Jun

Adele enjoyed tea and cake with Chelsea firefighters...


Real life ‘One Born Every Minute’ – firefighters help deliver baby on roadside in south east London 

20 Jun

Firefighters received a call to deliver a baby on the side of Eltham Road in Lee Green, south east London.


Two London Fire Brigade employees recognised in Queen’s birthday honours list 

20 Jun

Watch Manager Micky Nicholas and Deputy Head of Protective Equipment Group Malcolm Stanton have both been awarded MBEs.


Statement on the incident at Seven Sisters Road 

19 Jun

Statement on the incident on Seven Sisters Road (19 June 2017).


Statement on fire in North Kensington 

14 Jun

Assistant Director of Operations, Stuart Crighton, said; “We were called at 1.29am (Wednesday 14 June) to reports of a fire at Lancaster West Estate, W11.


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Local sport »

TfL analysis shows big potential for cycling in Tower Hamlets 

18 Jun

Transport for London has now published its Strategic Cycling Analysis , which identifies routes where there is a high potential for cycling.


Final Details: Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony 

15 Jun

Ladies and Gentleman, The Big night is almost here!! The Annual Dinner is sold out, and unfortunately only people who have purchased a dinner ticket will be able to attend the Docklands Sailing Watersports Centre part of the night (5.30pm...


Open Day 2017 

13 Jun

Come and try the activities at our Open Day on Saturday 24 June, 10.30 – 4.00.


Summer Holiday Programme 

13 Jun

Join us for five weeks of fun and exciting activities this summer.


Duke of Edinburgh Update 

12 Jun

It’s not long now until our Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh trainees attempt their assessed expeditions in the Lake District! Back in April, the Bronze and Silver groups embarked on their practice expeditions in the Edale Valley, Peak ...


Matlock White Water Residential 

8 Jun

Over the half-term, eight young people and two staff went away paddling at Matlock (Peak District) on the River Derwent for two days.


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West Ham FC »

West Ham MP Lyn Brown’s role as temporary shadow home secretary ends 

20 Jun

Lyn Brown’s temporary role as shadow home secretary has come to an end.


Reece Oxford: West Ham defender to join Borussia Monchengladbach on loan 

19 Jun

West Ham defender Reece Oxford is close to completing a season-long loan to German side Borussia Monchengladbach.


First motor fire engine tested on Wanstead Flats 

19 Jun

In 1908/9 West Ham Fire Brigade made the momentous decision to move from horse power to the internal combustion engine.


Abbey Gardens does The Big Lunch 

17 Jun

From veteran visitors to our littlest gardeners, we’ve had people of all ages at the garden for The Big Lunch .


London Stadium Safety Advisory Group Meeting Minutes – April 5th 2017 to June 16th 2017 

16 Jun

Request sent to Newham Borough Council by Paul Turner on 16 June 2017 .


West Ham General Election day 2017 (we win) 

13 Jun

June 8 was not only a political historic day nationally but a busy day locally for all activists.


Tyssen Primary School told off for ‘pro-Communist’ posters displayed to voters on election day 

13 Jun

Tyssen Primary School told off for ‘pro-Communist’ posters displayed to voters on election day 49 minutes ago Emma Bartholomew --> Posters featuring hammers and sickles which looked as though they had been drawn by youngsters were displayed in ...


Tyssen Primary School told off for ‘pro-Communist’ posters displayed to voters on election day 

13 Jun

Posters featuring hammers and sickles which looked as though they had been drawn by youngsters were displayed in the doors of a primary school used as a polling station.


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Events »

A Handful of Dust at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

7 Jun

In 1920, Man Ray visited Marcel Duchamp in his New York studio.


Five must-see London exhibitions in June 2017 

1 Jun

June is an exciting month in the art world, with calendar staples such as the RA Summer Exhibition and the BP Portrait Award alongside conceptual exhibitions examining the significance of cultural phenomena such as dust and science fiction.


Skylight rooftop bar launches at Tobacco Dock: Cocktails, street food and croquet 

24 May

Tomorrow a new rooftop destination is opening at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.


£5 tickets for Disco 54 at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – Celebrate 5 Years of To Do List with #FIVERAMA 

19 May

We’re celebrating 5 years of To Do List with a £5 ticket offer to dance the night away at our favorite haunt Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.


The Anna de Codorníu Terrace launches on the Thames 

15 May

There’s an effortless elegance to the Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames, a pop-up that launched on 10 th May that promises a London you’ve never seen before.


Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse | Theatre review 

10 Mar

The current political atmosphere has not only awakened a myriad of mixed emotions with its unexpected turns and developments, but it has also inspired a wave of theatre productions interested in mirroring the hopes and fears felt by many.


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