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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

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

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.

Local MP helps dog welfare charity in fight against Puppy Smuggling 

11 Dec

Jim Fitzpatrick MP highlights plight of smuggled puppies imported to fuel the Christmas puppy trade Last week Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity – invited a host of MPs and Peers, including Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and ...

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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.

Mark Blackstock 

20 Sep

November 20th 1961 – August 3rd 21017...

Happy retirement Mustaq bhai! 

13 Sep

I have known Mustaq bhai for three decades now, as a mentee, friend, big brother, colleague.

Trust in me 

1 Sep

Even when a mature democracy becomes a little dog-eared around the edges and the very definition of democracy presents wear and tear in more urgent need of refurbishment than a crumbling Palace of Westminster, the basic premise of the relationship ...

Latest News Round Up 

1 Sep

Tower Hamlets Business Rates  Pub Relief –  Tower Hamlets has awarded £94,000 to 94 local public houses.


27 Aug

For all the splendid times had by all and all the new adventures and happy holiday memories, returning back home after travelling far, far away is a journey of dark foreboding...

Greenbadgejohn writes in reply to ‘Drivers Held To Ransom By Greedy Card Machine Suppliers’. 

23 Aug

Greenbadgejohn writes in reply to 'Drivers Held To Ransom By Greedy Card Machine Suppliers.

The funding cloud over Tower Hamlets youth sport – a guest post by Mayor John Biggs 

22 Aug

The following is a guest post by Mayor John Biggs who wants to put his side of the argument on the youth sport funding row.

‘The disgrace of Labour councillors on the question of Tower Hamlets youth sport’ 

10 Aug

The following is another guest post by Chris Dunne, the former head of Langdon Park School and now fighting to save the acclaimed Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation.

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Imitators Of The Whitechapel Murderer 

20 Mar

Ask most people the question who was the last victim of Jack the Ripper, and the likely answer you would get would be that it was Mary Kelly, murdered on the 9th November, 1888, in Miller’s Court, off Dorset Street, in Spitalfields, East London.

The Wonders Of Fingerprinting 

18 Mar

One of the problems confronting the police as they tried to solve the mystery and locate the unknown miscreant responsible for the Jack the Ripper murders, was the complete lack of modern forensics.

East London Easter Holiday 

16 Mar

East London Easter Holiday No need to hunt for things to do this Easter Holiday.

lahpet to open in shoreditch 

16 Mar

After running a successful pop-up in London Fields, Burmese restaurant  Lahpet is coming back for good and opening their first perm site in Shoreditch this spring.

London’s weekly railway news #244 

16 Mar

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes London Underground TfL derails ‘provocative’ campaign to lure British business to France post-Brexit The Drum Councillors called for Mayor of...

The London Doss House 

16 Mar

The common lodging houses of the East End of London – and in particular of Spitalfields and Whitechapel – play an integral role in the story of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Has the Mystery of the Missing Diana the Huntress Statue from Island Gardens been solved ? 

15 Mar

In October last year, I wrote about a statue that used to adorn Island Gardens.

London railway upgrades – a progress report 

15 Mar

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls over the past couple of months.

Crossrail art exhibition opens in Whitechapel 

15 Mar

Each of the main stations for the future Elizabeth line will have their own monumental art installations, and a display has opened showing some of them off to the public.

All Saints 

15 Mar

Random Station: ALL SAINTS London Borough of Tower Hamlets DLR, zone 2 Hinterland: 0.3km² When I proposed my Random Station feature, someone asked how I'd cope when a DLR station with a tiny catchment area rolled up.

The March 2018 Quiz 

14 Mar

As we enter the third month of 2018 – yes two have passed already! – it’s time for another quiz on the Whitechapel murders and the history that surrounds them If you are an old hand at the quizzes then you’ll know how it all works, so simply ...

Average yield and operating costs 

14 Mar

Yesterday TfL published its draft budget for 2018/9.

Another Crossrail station tour announced 

12 Mar

There’s a chance to visit the next in the series of tours that Crossrail are running of their stations over the next few months.

The Dusthole Woolwich 

12 Mar

The “Dusthole” was one of the most notorious locations in Victorian London, possessed of a reputation so bad that even the police would not dare patrol it alone at night, and soldiers from the nearby barracks were advised to keep away from it ...

The Murder Mysteries 

10 Mar

In September, 1889, the discovery of a female torso, beneath a railway arch in Pinchin Street, Whitechapel, led to speculation that, not only had Jack the Ripper returned and struck again, but that he had also changed his modus operandi.

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Events »

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.

Noel Gallagher presents new album at Apple Music concert at York Hall | Live review 

1 Nov

There must be something special about York Hall.

Nuno Mendes’s The Kitchens tried and tasted: High-end food stalls at Old Spitalfields Market 

30 Oct

This month, Nuno Mendes – chef of Chiltern Firehouse, Taberna do Mercado and formerly of Viajante – has launched a game-changing project at Old Spitalfields Market named The Kitchens.

Pickled Fred in Spitalfields | Restaurant review 

2 Oct

Pickled Fred.

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  • City cloud

     on flickr 14 Jan 17
    Cloud over the City of London, taken from Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green.

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