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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
John Biggs... attacking Housing Act

The Mayor of London’s most deprived borough with the longest housing waiting list has today launched a blistering attack on the government’s Housing and Planning Act which he warns is killing off “affordable housing” in inner city districts.

Helal Abbas... calls for head teacher at Ian Mikado to resign

Protesters are handing in a petition tonight to Tower Hamlets council over the appointment of a once-convicted killer as a classroom assistant in an east London special school.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism raids

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism in east London and north London as part of a Scotland Yard counter-terrorism operation.

The cottasges before they were illegally pulled down

Legal action could be launched against developers who illegally demolished Victorian cottages in a conservation area of London’s Docklands.

Mayor John Biggs with his weekly shopping when children bring their pop-up market to the Town Hall

Schoolchildren took over the Town Hall when pupils set up a pop-up fruit and veg market selling fresh produce to council staff that they had grown themselves.

Victorian terraced cottages on the Isle of Dogs that disappeared overnight [Google just caugjht them in time]

First you see them—now you don’t. Three little Victorian terraced cottages in a conservation area in London’s Docklands have suddenly been reduced to rubble.

Shortlisted... East London's rejuvenated Ocean Estate in Stepney

The biggest social housing development in east London has been shortlisted for another housing industry award.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs criticises new PM Theresa May (inset) who he says forced cuts to police in the East End as Home Secretary

The new Prime Minister Theresa May’s inaugural speech in Downing Street has come under fire today as “hot air” from the mayor of London’s most socially-deprived area.

Caroline Star gets Downing Street's 'Points of Light' award [Google street scene]

A woman civil servant has won the Points of Light award today for outstanding volunteering contribution from Prime Minister David Cameron in his final day in office.

Brick Lane curry house owner Azmal Hussain examines the damage

Wreckers have smashed windows of a curry house in London’s Brick Lane owned by a leading ‘Remain’ campaigner who fears a racist attack.

London Assembly's Sian Berry in challenge to government for social housing cash

The London Assembly today has challenged the government for cash to create desperately-needed new social housing in the capital.

Town Hall restructure... resignation

The man who steered Tower Hamlets council through its turbulent years under disgraced mayor Lutfur Rahman has quit the once-controversial local authority in east London.

Whitechapel Idea Store

Enterprising people who want to set up in business could soon be offered space at their local library centre in London’s East End.

Hackney's mayor Jules Pipe is set to become Sadiq Khan's planning chief

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe is set to leave his post and become Sadiq Khan’s deputy mayor for planning.

TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher joined by joined by Olympic bronze medalist Cassie Patten at London Fields Lido

Olympic bronze medallist Cassie Patten got into the swim of things along with TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher with at a dive-in fitness promotion in east London—despite the rain.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs

The rise in racist incidents in the wake of last Thursday’s shock EU exit referendum result is now worrying Town Hall bosses in the heartland of London’s East End with its high ratio of immigrants.

Buxton Street in Spitalfields... ready to create

Plans for more green spaces in the condensed inner city neighbourhoods of London’s East End have been given a £1 million boost by local Town Hall bosses.

Prime Minister meets Milly Finger, just turned 99 [photos: Blacke Ezra]

The Prime Minister took time off just days before the EU Referendum to meet a pensioner in London’s East End who has just turned 99.

Construction workers lend a hand making Weavers Field plaground safe

Housing developers have been making a children’s adventure playground safe in London’s East End by replacing ageing and worn-out equipment in a playpark that’s been in constant use for more than 40 years.

Tower Hamlets Council

New surgeries and existing practices wanting to expand to meet local demand for GP services are getting £12 million from the Town Hall to help meet the crisis of the rocketing population in London’s East End.

Volunteers at the Isle of Dogs cleaning up ther Thames opposite Greenwich

Plastic rubbish dumped in the river is destroying marine life in the Thames, an east London MP has warned.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs

The aftershock of Britain’s vote to quit the European Union has hit London’s East End which was firmly in the ‘remain’ camp.

Europe experts from the London School of Economics believe it is 'safer to stay in the EU' (Photo by illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Tower Hamlets has voted to remain in the EU in line with most London boroughs, despite an overall vote to leave.

The results of the EU referendum are not expected before 7am tomorrow Friday

Britain will go to the polls today to vote on whether or not to remain in the EU.

Tribute on the Thames as Jo Cox's family make their way to Westminster for the rally on what would have been her 42nd birthday [photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas]

The Thames paid tribute today to tragic MP Jo Cox who was shot and stabbed to death almost a week ago as her family made their way up-river to the rally in Trafalgar Square on what should have been her 42nd birthday.

Floral tribute to Jo Cox at Wapping

The dockside community of east London is sending its floral tribute up the Thames to Westminster at 2pm today for the mass rally at Trafalgar Square for MP Jo Cox starting at 4pm.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs

An appeal is being made for community ‘champions’ to tackle discrimination and stamp out hate crime in London’s East End.

Helal Abbas... calls for head teacher at Ian Mikado to resign

Calls have been made for a head teacher to resign from a special needs school in London’s East End which employs a teaching assistant once convicted of a racist killing in the same neighbourhood.

Flowers in tribute to MP Jo Cox on the deck of her houseboat at Wapping [Archant London photos: Mike Brooke]

Hundreds of flowers strewn the deck of MP Jo Cox’s houseboat on the Thames at Wapping’s Hermitage Moorings following her violent death.

Tower Hamlets Council

The jobs of computer staff who run the back-up desk for council services in London’s East End are being shunted out to the North of England.

James Frankom (left) and David Donoghue pour over street plan of Spitalfields neighbourhood in search of open space

A search is on for any bit of green space in one of London’s most tightly-packed City fringe neighbourhoods to create a ‘breathing space’ and help tackle air pollution.

Audience put the mayor on the spot over youth service cuts

Youths complaining that they are being treated as “thugs and yobs” are setting up an advisory group in London’s East End with local police chiefs and the Town Hall to change their bad stereotype image.

First front cover of 'Our East End' new quarterly launched by Tower Hamlets Council

A new magazine is being launched today in London’s East End replacing Tower Hamlets council’s once-controversial East End Life newspaper.

Tower Hamlets signs up to Unison's 'Ethical Care' charter for home care workers' fair wages and conditions

An ‘ethical care charter’ to improve working conditions for home care workers is being formerly signed today by one local authority in London’s deprived East End.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs (inset) addresses Old Ford housing protest meeting

Talks are under way to try and bring social housing estates in London’s deprived East End back under local authority control, it has emerged.

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