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“Climate Change and Bangladesh: First Affected. Worst Affected” (Pension Carbon divestment) 

17 Apr

(I am due to speak at this seminar as a Councillor trade union pension activist).

Labour Link, Diversity & the Housing Crisis: Waltham Forest LG UNISON AGM 

3 Mar

Last week I was honoured to be invited to be a guest speaker at Waltham Forest Local Government branch AGM.

Rokhsana Fiaz Interview: On Newham’s ‘Unhealthy’ Mayoral Model, Dog Whistle Politics And Diversity 

26 Feb

'I'd be the first directly elected woman of colour' in the UK (hat tip Huffington Post by Paul Waugh) Rokhsana Fiaz is an EastEnder, through and through.

Fitz Weekly – 9 February 2017 

9 Feb

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ATN Sky 827 Bangla interview on Newham Trigger 

6 Feb

A fascinating evening spent talking Mayoral trigger ballots and Newham politics on Sky channel 827.

Fitz Weekly – 2 February 2018 

2 Feb

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Fitz Weekly – 26 January 2018 

26 Jan

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Fitz Weekly – 19 January 2018 

19 Jan

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment 

17 Jan

This week Poplar and Limehouse MP, Jim Fitzpatrick signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as ...

Jim Fitzpatrick backs Labour legislation to protect renters from homes unfit for human habitation 

17 Jan

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, is backing a Bill introduced by Labour MP Karen Buck this Friday 19 January which will give renters a new legal right to ensure their home is ‘fit for human habitation’.

Fitz Weekly – 12 January 2018 

12 Jan

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Fitz Weekly – 22 December 2017 

22 Dec

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP signs the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ charter, to support and protect any of their employees who become terminally ill 

18 Dec

Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million employees with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion, Rolls Royce and the Royal Mail joining E.

Fitz Weekly – 15 December 2017 

15 Dec

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Politicians feline festive at Cats Protection’s Westminster reception 

11 Dec

More than 60 MPs and peers joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas parliamentary reception to celebrate the charity’s work speaking up for cats, held at the House of Commons.

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London2012 Housing Legacy down to 4,300 homes inside the Olympic Park 

22 May

Two years ago I asked the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for its projections for housing by 2031 .

Election Day: an open thread  

3 May

As is traditional on this site, today it’s over to you.

Taxi Drivers Rally Round For Knowledge Boy After Horrendous Attack In South London. 

28 Apr

Earlier this week, Karim a young knowledge student was attacked in South London.

Book a pitch at Cheshire Street Market by 26th April to have your portrait taken by Jeremy Freedman 

19 Apr

We’re working with our members to revive Cheshire Street Market over spring and summer from Sunday 6th May.

Ex-Lutfur Rahman spin chief Takki Sulaiman walks away with £63k golden goodbye from council job 

18 Apr

Well, here’s a blast from the past.

Blacklisting, protest, ‘domestic extremism’ and the London Olympics 

12 Apr

Finally the Metropolitan Police have come clean and admitted their role in the blacklisting of construction workers .

The mayoral candidates’ views on cycling policies in Tower Hamlets (a guest post) 

12 Apr

The following is a guest post by Alex Jenkins of the Tower Hamlets Wheelers , which represents a number of cyclists in the borough and which held a hustings for the mayoral candidates last week.

Rabina Khan’s promises for a ‘fresh start’ and a referendum on the mayoral system 

11 Apr

OK, it’s been a while and I won’t promise anything regular, but as it’s election time I thought this site could do with a little activity.

Albert Bridge And Rotherhithe Tunnel Restrictions …. Putting To Bed The Rumours… By Jim Thomas. 

27 Feb

Recent email updates from TfL have been unclear (there's a surprise).

A London Working Rent? Guild Reps uncover lack of affordable workspace as biggest issue. 

8 Jan

A London Working Rent In a recent listening campaign undertaken by Guild Reps, the lack of affordable workspace has been uncovered as the biggest challenge facing small businesses in East London, putting the very essence of the entrepreneurial East ...

East End traders join shop-local discount card. 

27 Nov

East End traders join shop-local discount card Members of the East End Trades Guild are among those joining the  Local Buyers Club : a discount card promoting the best independent businesses in the area.

New Map for Independents’ Weekend 2017 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd December. 

14 Nov

New Map For Independents’ Weekend 2017 – 1st, 2nd And 3rd December.

Canary Wharf Sales Worker Sacked After Bilking Taxis To His Home Near Brighton. 

28 Oct

A serial fare dodger has been sacked from his job after it was discovered that he had failed to pay for taxis from London to the south coast.

TfL plans cycle super highway for Tooley Street, Jamaica Road and Rotherhithe roundabout 

28 Sep

Locals have until November 19 to comment on the plans TfL has today announced proposals for a segregated Cycle Super Highway to run through Tooley Street and Jamaica Road.

Hackney biz rates consultation closes today & LBTH opens // Guild Rep Leadership Training >> Make history with us! 

25 Sep

An Invitation to Make History! Have your say on the new business rates fund before its too late! Today the last chance for Hackney members to have their say on the new business rates fund for discretionary relief.

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Ned Wright On Jack The Ripper 

25 May

Invoking the old saying, “set a thief to catch a thief”,  The Dundee Courier, on Saturday, 18th April, 1891, published an interview with a reformed criminal by the name of Ned Wright, who was involved in a noble attempt to reform as many ...

Big Lunch 2018 

24 May

Bring a dish to shareand join us on Sunday 3rd June for the Big Lunch – and to celebrate our 39 th anniversary! See old friends, meet new ones and enjoy the afternoon with all of us at the farm.

loti eats | arepa & co 

24 May

After starting life as a street food stall, husband and wife team Gus and Kathe opened the first Arepa Co restaurant in Haggerston in 2014.

Ruin in Reverse : Part of Robin Hood Gardens to be Displayed at Venice Biennale 2018 

24 May

Robin Hood Gardens completed 1972 designed by Alison and Peter Smithson – Photo The Victoria and Albert Museum The demolition of Robin Hood Gardens has been the subject of much recent debate in the architectural world, the housing estate in Poplar ...

See the latest photos from Crossrail/Elizabeth line stations and tunnels 

24 May

The first footage of the new Elizabeth line trains being tested in the Crossrail tunnels under London has been released, along with new photos of the construction progress.


23 May

Discerning scene musings of the princess of East London! When somebody tells you not to do something, are you the sort of person who does exactly the opposite? I am I’m afraid – mind you, nowadays I do weigh up the pros and cons before I commit.

The year a DLR train visited Manchester 

23 May

Shortly before arriving in London, a Docklands Light Railway train paid a visit to Manchester and carried excited passengers on short test trips.

The Whitechapel Murderer – A Discovery 

23 May

In September, 1889, the discovery of a female torso, beneath a railway arch in Pinching Street, Whitechapel, led to speculation that Jack the Ripper had returned to the area and had resumed his murderous activities.

Save Our Nurseries 

22 May

Save Our Nurseries The fight continues! Join us Wednesday 23rd at Town Hall for a protest against plans still in place to “reprovide” our public nurseries.

bethnal green street party 

22 May

The Star of Bethnal Green is turning ten and they’re celebrating with another edition of the Bethnal Green Street Party this Bank Holiday Monday.

Central Line Countryside Walk from Theydon Bois to Chigwell Row via Lambourne End 

22 May

Theydon Bois is under-rated as a gateway to the London Countryside – it’s the equivalent of a Himalayan Base Camp for the London / West Essex edgeland walker.

Dalston Children’s Festival 

21 May

Dalston Children’s Festival 2018 Calling all fun seeking! The Dalston Children’s Festival is nearly here.

The Courageous Annie Tofler 

21 May

It must have been terrifying for the poor woman.

ColourFlow Strokez Face Painting 

20 May

ColourFlow Strokez Face Painting Children love to dress up and face painters can really help little people’s big imaginations come to life.

Exciting Scene 

19 May

On July 17th, 1889, Alice McKenzie was murdered in Castle Alley, off Whitechapel High Street, and the panic and unrest that had taken place in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders the previous autumn resurfaced in the East End of London, and ...

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Project Gastronomía: How will Londoners eat in 2015? A symposium on gastronomy and multisensory design 

21 Apr

The future is strange and scary and amorphous.

Must-see London exhibitions this April 

13 Apr

Ranging from Monet’s work with iconic buildings to abstract paintings by women – via Italian modernist cinema – this month’s major exhibitions are as varied as they are intriguing.

ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

11 Apr

Over the course of four thoughtfully curated exhibitions, the Whitechapel Gallery has presented selections of work from the ISelf Collection, a private compendium of contemporary art which focuses on personal identity and the human condition.

Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

13 Mar

If you’ve ever wondered about the processes behind a large-scale work of art, Art Capital at the Whitechapel Gallery will give you a fascinating insight.

Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

14 Feb

When you push through the heavy doors of the Whitechapel to Mark Dion’s exhibition, the first thing that strikes you is the sound of birdsong.

Must-see London exhibitions in February 2018 

2 Feb

The art world is getting into gear again, with a wide variety of institutional shows opening in February.

The Grift at Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel | Theatre review 

31 Jan

The Grift experience begins upon entering the trendy Town Hall Hotel and taking in its Edwardian charm.

Review: Review: The Grift (Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel) 

30 Jan

Tom Salamon's immersive show opens in east London...

Theatre News: Casting announced for The Grift 

9 Jan

The site-specific, immersive theatre piece opens at the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel from the end of January...

Ten London exhibitions to look forward to in 2018 

8 Jan

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the art world.

Winter Lights festival in Canary Wharf 

21 Dec

Be amazed by spectacular light installations as the annual festival returns to Londons Canary Wharf.

Five must-see London exhibitions in December 2017 

4 Dec

The festive season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in London except shopping and drinking mulled wine.

Cinderella at Hackney Empire | Theatre review 

24 Nov

It may be early, but pantomime season has begun.

5 Fantastic Films To See At Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest This Week 

14 Nov

London’s Fringe! film festival celebrating extraordinary LGBTIQA+ stories launches today (14 Nov).

Review: Review: The Lighthouse (Hackney Showroom) 

4 Nov

Shadwell Opera revives that rare beast, a ghost opera that delivers real chills.

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