Deputy Tower Hamlets Mayor Rachael Saunders

Claims of “fraud and corruption” in council youth services under disgraced ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman have emerged in an address to members of Tower Hamlets council in East London by Deputy Mayor Rachael Saunders.

Abbie Gillgan (left) and two Women's Heritage protesters who unveiled their billbaord in Cable Street [photo: Chris Field]

Angry women fed-up with the “tacky” Jack the Ripper museum that opened in the East End—contravening its original ‘heritage’ planning permit—today unveiled a protest billboard virtually opposite the black-painted premises in Cable Street.

Gemma Berezag releases peace dove at 20th anniversary of IRA Canary Wharf bombing

A Bill finally starts its passage through Parliament today to compensate victims of the IRA bombing in Canary Wharf 20 years ago.

It would use some of the £9.5 billion frozen assets of Colonel Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator who supplied semtex to the IRA’s terrorist campaign including the Docklands bomb that killed two men and injured 51 other people.

Front pager of East End Life's last edition

The controversial council weekly “Pravda propaganda” newspaper East End Life—funded out of council taxes for the past 23 years—has finally ceased printing in east London after government pressure.

The old Poplar Town Hall sold off in 2011

Tough checks have been put in place this week to prevent any other cheap sell-offs of valuable public assets in London’s East End following the scandal of the “bargain basement” dumping of the old Poplar Town Hall.

Mayor Khan helps Sir John Cass pupils plant flowers in their roof garden

London’s new mayor came to the East End to launch a public consultation on tough measures to tackle air pollution.

Sadiq Khan revealed when he visited Aldgate’s Sir John Cass Primary school, in one of the City’s worst pollution spots, that he suffers asthma himself.

Mayor John Biggs... who finally pulled plug on East End Life

Mayor John Biggs has thrown the gauntlet down today over government housing legislation going through Parliament he says will increase the crisis in London’s East End which is already one of the worst in Britain.

Sadiq Khan spoke to cheers after his election victory was confirmed at City Hall (Picture: London24)

It’s official: Labour’s Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor of London.

The mayoral election winner will take over from Boris at City Hall (PA)

The polling stations for the 2016 London mayoral election close at 10pm tonight. Wondering what time the winner the mayoral election 2016 will be announced?

Typical East End polling station in Brick Lane

Polling stations open from 7am today for the 172,500 registered votes in London’s East End to take part in the elections for London mayor and Assembly.

Artist Peter Morray's view of proposed drawbridge at Canary Wharf

Candidates from the major parties in Thursday’s London mayor elections have pledged backing for a proposed bridge for pedestrians and cyclists across the Thames.

Royal London BMA rep Dr Emily Mills (left) supported by East End GPs Dr Cambis Boomla from Poplar's Chrisp Street surgery and Dr Anna Livingstone from the Limehouse practice

Junior doctors have begun their two-day strike at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel along with NHS doctors throughout the country.

Mayor Boris Johnson... pictured at IT bootcamp launch 2011

Boris Johnson has given up getting the controversial plans passed for a ‘wall of seven skyscrapers’ on the site of the old Bishopsgate goods station using his executive powers.

Instead, he is leaving it to the next Mayor of London to decide if the £800 million Hammerson’s scheme goes ahead after he steps down on May 5.

East End's Baishakhi Mela in Brick Lane, 2011 [archive photo: Rehan Jamil]

Town Hall officials have taken over running the troubled Bangladesh Mela festival which draws in 100,000 spectators to London’s East End after ending the contract with the organisers.

'Kill the Bill' campaigners now plan 'sleep out' protest in east London [photo: Debbie Humphry]

Campaigners who have been demonstrating to “kill the bill” on housing now going through Parliament plan a ‘sleep out’ protest in London’s East End which faces a huge homeless crisis.

Campaigners hand out leaflets at Shoreditch against Bishopsgate skyscrapers

Campaigners have declared victory in east London today in the latest round over the controversial scheme for a wall of skyscrapers at the old Bishopsgate goodsyard site that would overshadow Shoreditch.

How Bishopsgate skyscrapers would overlook Bethnal Green and Shoreditch

The decision on whether the controversial wall of skyscrapers planned for the old Bishopsgate goodsyard on the fringe of the City of London should go ahead has been delayed.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has sent a letter to the developers, Hammerson’s, offering them a chance to modify their planning application, it is understood.

Endangered Arctic polar bear from Man's global warming {photos: Steve Poston]

They may just look like old railway arches—but street artists are using them to paint a message about the world’s endangered animals.

March 2016... Picket by British First activists outside East London Mosque in [photo: Oliver Impey]

Police and Muslim leaders have been in talks with the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to try and block the right-wing Britain First group returning to London’s East End.

Tower Hamlets council... another year under control of Communities Secretary Greg Clark (inset)

Government-appointed commissioners sent in to oversee Tower Hamlets council’s accounts are to remain at the Town Hall for another 12 months, it has been revealed.

Leaflettting earlier this year against the Bishopsgate skyscrapers

The Buck stops with Boris Johnson over whether the controversial Bishopsgate goodsyard scheme for seven skyscrapers shadowing over Shoreditch and Spitalfields should go ahead—now his own planning officers want it rejected.

Jubilant... James Frankcom hugs Spitalfields Forum's Santokh Kaulder (left) and Tarik Khan

The ancient parish of Spitalfields bordering the City of London has effectively come back to life with the historic creation of its own neighbourhood planning forum which was legally recognised last night.

Andrew Wood makes empassioned plea to Tower Hamlets cabinet over Isle of Dogs planning forum boundary

Thousands of families have been excluded from a neighbourhood planning forum they voted for in london’s Docklands in a move by Tower Hamlets council which community leaders claim has left them “disenfranchised”.

Old Ford Housing tenants at public meeting at St Paul's parish church

Tenants angry at their London social landlords’ “unaccountability” are staging a mass protest meeting later this month to try and stop a merger with housing organisations around the country which would end all local management.

Anti-corruption activists Angela Moffat and Cathy Holmes

Two women are planning private summonses against former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman in the face of a police decision not to go ahead with criminal action for election fraud and malpractice.

Protest against 658pc hike in housing estate parking charges

Angry protesters are planning to take their social landlords to court over parking charges being whacked up by 658 per cent on housing estates in London’s deprived East End.

Up for regeneration award... Stepney's redeveloped Ocean Estate

The transformation of the massive Ocean housing estate in London’s East End has been shortlisted for this year’s Planning and Placemaking awards.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs (centre) with Interfaith Forum chair Alan Green, lead solidarity rally outside East London Mosque

The Right-wing Britain First protesters who picketed the East London Mosque twice in 15 days telling Muslims they were “guests in this country” have been challenged to a debate.

The gauntlet was thrown down today by a Muslim local councillor who leads the opposition Independent group on Tower Hamlets Council.

Lutfur Rahman at rally in Mile End after being barred from office in April, 2015

The petitioner whose High Court action brought disgraced Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman down for election malpractice has reacted with anger at today’s Scotland Yard claim of “insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed”.

Poplar Housing & Regeneration Community Association ofifice in Chrisp Street market place

Social landlords in London’s deprived East End are whacking up car-parking fees for families on their housing estates by 250 per cent.

2014 election of Lutfur Rahman  as Tower Hamlets mayor was overturned by High Court a year later

The Police probe into allegations of Town Hall fraud and corruption at Tower Hamlets council under disgraced ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman has today declared “insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed”.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced his eighth budget (Pic: PA/Yui Mok)

All English schools will be in the process of becoming academies by 2020, George Osborne announced in his budget “for the next generation”.

You have to smile... even children in the East End are getting into Fair Trade shopping

Children have been getting involved in a campaign for Fair Trading in the Third World in London’s East End.

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell credited chancellor George Osborne for backing the A13 flyunder (Pic: PA/Yui Mok)

Chancellor George Osborne will announce his 2016 budget later today with spending cuts likely to feature high up on the agenda.

The Rev Alan Green from Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum (centre)  tries mediating between Britain First members and Muslims outside East London Mosque [photos: Oliver Impey]

Faith and civic leaders are today calling for a ban on a right-wing group returning to London’s East End following anti-Muslim picketing outside the East London Mosque.

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