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As you would expect, the Christmas and New Year period is a very busy time for the Police Service.

Stained glass tree biscuits. Picture Laura Edwards.

Hit TV show, The Great British Bake Off has released a recipe book full of tasty festive bakes.

In the wake of proposed council cuts which threatened nurseries in our local area, parents organised and inspired support in their campaign to protect our borough’s children. I, alongside my Labour colleague, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, stood with them.

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There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy on TV this Christmas as the channels compete with a bumper feast of festive delights to draw the viewers in. From a selection box of brand new programmes, to a stocking full of seasonal specials, we take a look at what’s on offer this Christmas on TV…

Christmas Eve at Crisis Centre

A donation of just £21.62 would buy one homeless person warmth, food and support this Christmas.

Labour MP Clive Efford’s Bill on the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) received its second reading with 241 votes to 18.

How to make a Christmas Cosmopolitan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Christmas Cosmoplitan

Impress your party guests with a Christmas Cosmopolitan cocktail. It takes just five minutes to prepare and makes enough for 10 people (or five if you want two each!)

Recipe: Apple Snow with Fennel Biscuits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Apple Snow with Fennel Biscuits. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Clare Winfield.

Food writer and cook James Ramsden believes in preparing in advance to make the festive season, Christmas day in particular, as stress-free as possible.

Beer Tasting Set

We’ve picked out six gift ideas for those who enjoy a tipple.

There are lots of ways you can ensure your pet is healthy and happy at Christmas

To ensure your pets are as safe, healthy and happy as possible during the festive period follow these handy tips from pet retailer Pets Corner.

We tested a selection of mince pies from different supermarkets. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

As much as we’d all love to serve home made mince pies, finding the time to bake them can be tricky. To help you choose the best supermarket alternative we’ve undertaken the rather enjoyable job of sampling a selection.

The Christmas puddings and brandy used to make the gin at Sacred in Highgate

Whether you’re a gin fan or not, the Sacred Christmas Pudding version should get your taste buds wondering enough to try it. Especially, as it’s distilled by hand, by one man from his home in Talbot Road, Highgate from a handwritten family recipe dating back to the 1920s.

Tips for staying healthy this festive season

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Milk thistle supplements can help detoxify your liver after drinking

Christmas isn’t really a time that we want to be restricting ourselves, however there are things we can do to limit the effects.

Paddington

With Christmas comes a host of movies to the big screen, from festive family comedies to action blockbusters. Here is our pick of the best out next month.

Sue Letchmere, great-great granddaughter of Ripper suspect, with the Letchmere family album

Private family snapshots have emerged for the first time showing the children of the latest suspect named as Jack the Ripper being exposed in a new TV documentary on Monday—more than a year after he was revealed exclusively in the East London Advertiser.

Last week, the Government published its long-awaited report into allegations of mismanagement at Tower Hamlets Council. It is a shameful report that shows a disregard for proper, transparent, accountable decision making by the current administration. Grants were apparently sent to or increased for favoured organisations, and it looks like buildings were sold after questionable late bids, and changes to decisions, possibly at a loss to local people.

Encore Capital's refitted Reebok in Canary Wharf

Owners of the Reebok health club in the Canary Wharf business district have taken over two prestigious West End gyms.

On Monday, October 13, the Commons voted strongly in favour of recognising Palestine as a sovereign state.

Transport for London (TfL) recently announced plans for a 24-hour weekend tube trains from next September, with six services to run every hour across the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.

Restaurant today where Jack the Ripper's graffiti was scrawled in doorway in 1888 and (inset) what it may have looked like [photos: Mike Pattison]

A fish’n’chip shop in London’s East End has had a traditional makeover and been turned into an historic memorial to the victims of Jack the Ripper—at the spot where the Victorian serial killer taunted police with a message chalked on a wall.

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