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Jim Fitzpatrick backs UK ivory surrender to protect elephants 

9 Aug

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick has lent his support to a new ivory surrender launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade.

Local Council Elections 2018 

9 Aug

Local Council Elections 2018 Wed, 09/08/2017 - 11:48 Wednesday, 9 August, 2017 Have you ever thought about being a local Councillor? In Tower Hamlets we have a great team of Councillors led by Cllr Peter Golds, who work hard to represent the views of...

Government launch consultation into leasehold properties 

1 Aug

Last week the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced they would begin an 8-week consultation and consider a range of measures to tackle unfair and unreasonable abuses of leasehold.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Walk: Greensted, Essex 2017 

31 Jul

On Sunday 16 July Sunday 2017 during the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs weekend , I went for a walk with Gill in Chipping Ongar and Greensted to visit the wooden Saxon Church and pay homage to the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were resettled in farms around here, ...

Jim Fitzpatrick reveals impact of Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets 

31 Jul

15,760 children will go hungry in Tower Hamlets over the summer holidays as they will not be able to access the free school meal they were entitled to during term time.

Jim Fitzpatrick Calls for Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals 

27 Jul

Cut the Stake, Reduce FOBT Harm Jim Fitzpatrick has revealed over £8 million was lost on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in Poplar and Limehouse and backed the work of the FOBT All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in Parliament, expressing his...

Jim Fitzpatrick slams the Government as more Met Police Officers cut 

25 Jul

Responding to the police workforce figures which revealed the Metropolitan Police Service has lost another 608 Officers, Jim Fitzpatrick slammed the Government’s shameful record.

Poplar and Limehouse leads the way in helping disabled people into work 

24 Jul

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has taken on the Disability Confident summer challenge to get local employers on board with disability employment MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick has undertaken a challenge to encourage employers in his area to become ...

Fitz Weekly: 21 July 2017 

21 Jul

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

Fire Safety on the Cranbrook Estate 

21 Jul

Fire Safety on the Cranbrook Estate Fri, 21/07/2017 - 13:00 Friday, 21 July, 2017 This week, with Cllr Peter Golds, we delivered fire safety leaflets to the residents of the Cranbrook Estate.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP supports campaign to break down employment barriers for people with hearing loss 

19 Jul

Jim Fitzpatrick MP joins Action on Hearing Loss volunteer Jeanann Doyle and Chief Executive Paul Breckell to sign ‘Working for Change’ Jim Fitzpatrick sponsored an event in Westminster to help MPs learn about a campaign by Action on Hearing Loss...

Fitz Weekly: 14 July 2017 

14 Jul

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

United Against Dementia in Parliament 

13 Jul

This week I attended an Alzheimer’s Society event for parliamentarians to learn more about the issues affecting people with dementia.

Do you have the ideas to create global change? 

11 Jul

The British Council seeks exceptional young people aged 18-35 to join a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders.

Age Champions Parliamentary Reception 

11 Jul

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK.

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‘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.

Poached sushi 

28 Jul

When, on a cold and frosty morning, a car refuses to start when being late is simply not an option or the first intestinal rumblings indicate that the recently consumed piece of fish might have spent too long in the fridge, hope rapidly follows faith...

Outrage over John Biggs move to cut borough’s beacon youth sports service 

22 Jul

I’ve not been very successful at updating this blog on a regular basis over the past couple of years.

Join the revolution, it’s not too late to be on the map! 

16 Jul

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Tears of a clown 

16 Jul

Only a complete fool would dare to suggest that extracting the fifth largest economy on the planet from the largest single market on Earth would be a simple undertaking and such a daunting task would probably freeze the blood of even the most skilful...

Ich bein ein Hamburger 

10 Jul

Perhaps the most enduring and delightfully amusing myths generated by the cold war, is the continued belief that a President of the United States stood before a crowd in West Berlin and described himself as a jam-filled doughnut...

Public servants 

4 Jul

We in the still just about United Kingdom are fortunate enough to be served by a silent army of selfless public sector workers who tirelessly toil to maintain and improve our precious way of life...


28 Jun

Following detailed analysis by a number of globally prominent experts, there is growing concern for the safety of a vulnerable Westminster resident who is refusing to evacuate a space that is in real and imminent danger of complete collapse...

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...


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...

Air sick 

3 Jun

As the English language continues to gloriously expand and evolve, it has yet to create an adequate word or phrase to capture the true essence of what it means to be a spectator of political campaigning...

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A Love of Horrors 

20 Aug

You could be forgiven for believing that it was the Jack the Ripper murders that led to a fascination with the crime, vice and grinding poverty of the East End of London.

new road hotel to open in whitechapel 

18 Aug

Whitechapel is getting a brand new boutique hotel this autumn when the New Road Hotel swings open its doors.

Abberline and Thick 1878 

18 Aug

One of the interesting exercises when it comes to studying the police officers who investigated the Jack the Ripper murders, is tracing them in the newspapers and official records before their names became synonymous with the Whitechapel atrocities.

Going, going, gone … 

16 Aug

Another of the tenuous links with the days when the End End was a Jewish enclave is about to be lost.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall backs new Thames21 campaign to investigate problem of single-use plastic glasses on Thames foreshore 

16 Aug

Date of release: August 142017 A campaign to encourage pubs along the Thames to use more washable plastic glasses rather than single-use plastic glasses has been launched by Thames21, London’s leading waterways charity.

London’s Largest Free Jazz Festival, JAZZ WITH PIZZAZZ, Returns! 

16 Aug

Looking for a weekend of live music in London, absolutely free of charge? Well, you’ve found it! Feel the beat at Canary Wharf’s free jazz festival, taking place this 19 th and 20 th August, with an array of live musical entertainment showcasing ...

Farm produce on sale summer 2017 

16 Aug

Londoners have long been spoilt for choice between brunch spots and dinner options however, when it comes to ethically sourced local produce, it can be a little more difficult to know where to start.

My accidental journey into startups and impact investment 

16 Aug

I’m Jeevahan, but most people call me Jeeves.

The Lord Mayor On The Murders 

16 Aug

Frequent mention is made of the Lord Mayor in relation to the Jack the Ripper murders.

The East-West Passage – Stratford to the City via Bethnal Green 

15 Aug

Fresh off the train from Ramsgate into Stratford International I needed to stretch my legs so set off Westwards.

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a Finance and Compliance Manager 

14 Aug

We are on the hunt for a dedicated Finance and Compliance manager to join our growing team.

The Age of The Humble Hero 

14 Aug

A few minutes walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, in London, you will find a picturesque garden that offers a welcome respite from the rush and noise of the 21st Century metropolis.

Tickets Alert: The London Month of the Dead 

12 Aug

October is the month of the dead, a now annual festival of all things macabre and spooky.

The End of the Island – Blackwall Entrance Lock 

12 Aug

There are occasionally discussions in various Facebook groups – well, the ones that I’m a member of – about the geographical extent of the Island.

The August 2017 Jack the Ripper Quiz 

12 Aug

Welcome to the August 2017 Jack the Ripper quiz.

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Take the Jack the Ripper Pub Tour this International Beer Day 

3 Aug

On Friday 4th August two events coincide – International Beer Day and our Jack the Ripper pub tour, offering our guests the chance to discuss the Whitechapel murders at length at the Victorian ale houses associated with the killer.

Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

13 Jul

Entering the space at London-based artist Emma Hart’s new show at Whitechapel Gallery, Mamma Mia!, is like stepping into another world – or rather a serene universe of ceramic planets, like ethereal pods projecting light.

Arcade Fire showcase new material at York Hall boxing-inspired show | Live review 

6 Jul

Unusual venues aren’t uncommon for Arcade Fire.

ART ATTACK: Art Night, GDIF & Reveal at V&A 

30 Jun

Art is taking over the capital this weekend (1-2 July 2017) with installations galore for Art Night, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Reveal at the VA.

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.

Photos: David Tennant, Roger Allam and more at Limehouse opening night 

9 Mar

The politicians of which the play is about were also in attendance at the Donmar...

Review: Review: Limehouse (Donmar Warehouse) 

9 Mar

Roger Allam leads the cast of Steve Waters' new play about the formation of the Social Democratic Party...

Eduardo Paolozzi at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

16 Feb

Eduardo Paolozzi is one of the most important British artists of the mid-20 th  century, but he is often overlooked.

Theatre News: Roger Allam cast in Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse 

20 Jan

The play is about a group of politicians who broke away from the Labour party in the '80s...

Terrains of the Body at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

19 Jan

New to the Whitechapel Gallery is a display of photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

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