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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Campaigners are taking action today in calling on local authorities and MPs to support community land trusts to help solve the growing housing crisis.

Firefighters strike over government pension plans

Only 27 fire engines will operate across the capital at a reduced service.

Things looking up for low-pay workers in MP Jim Fitzpatrick's Poplar & Limehouse constituency

Company bosses are bucking a national trend in London’s deprived East End and giving their workers a decent Living Wage.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman and supporters campaigning last year in Stepney. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Mayor Lutfur Rahman was advised by a lawyer that his human rights might be breached if he answered questions about his “responsibilities”, a special High Court hearing has been told.

Delegates at East End's Black African conference [pictures: Rehan Jamil]

Delegates from African communities across Europe are in London’s East End for a two-day conference discussing issues including child trafficking, female genital mutilation, possession by spirits and child fostering.

Plans are being thrashed out tonight (Thurs) to pull down a community hall in London’s East End and put up family blocks of flats—with a ban on car parking.

Artist impression... how TfL pictures segregated A11 cycle highway along Bow Road [looking west towards the City]

Work on fixing the Cycle “Super Highway 2” through east London has now begun in a bid to end the toll of riders killed.

'Love council housing' campaigners begin their Valentine's walkabout at Arnold Circus

Campaigners began a “Love council housing” walkabout in London’s deprived East End from the historic Arnold Circus where the world’s first public housing was created 115 years ago.

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Devolution to east London is set to be discussed by nine borough bosses including Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales today.

John Biggs touring East End's social housing

Social housing is being sold off in London’s deprived East End far quicker than building replacements, it has emerged.

Old Royal London hospital site... now part of Whitechapel Masterplan

The historic Royal London Hospital has been sold to the local authority for £9 million with plans to turn it into a new civic centre for London’s East End.

Market traders meet with council represestatives at the protest

Street markets were almost at a standstill across London’s East End including the famous Petticoat Lane when 200 stallholders converged on the Town Hall to protest at enforcement officers brought in who they claim are abusing their powers.

March for Housing arrives at Tower Bridge, heading for City Hall

Thousands of protesters marched on City Hall calling for security for all tenants and for a reversal of the cuts to social housing—but Boris Johnson wasn’t around to hear their grievences.

Elisabeth Whittaker, 88, former Air France hostess

Pensioners in a care home in London’s East End have been sharing their memories and life stories to be recorded for future generations for a national awareness campaign.

Dr Sarit Patel in his refurbished St Katharine Docks surgery [pictures: Vickie Flores]

Campaigners who won the fight to keep their neighbourhood GP surgery open in the wake of NHS cuts have now secured its future with Town Hall cash.

The new Royal London hospital complex in Whitechapel opened in 2013

Hospital bosses are expected to pay out £7 billion in construction and service costs in a 40-year debt to redevelop the Royal London that only cost £1bn to complete, it has emerged.

Joiners' Arms in Hackney Road [phorto: Goggle]

Campaigners from the Gay community in London’s East End have won backing from the Town Hall to save their local boozer which has now been declared an “asset of community value”.

Blackwall Tunnel northbound entrance in rush-hour

Shock figures reveal £1.1 million has been spent by City Hall on its Thames River Crossing team’s wages bill since 2012, paying out £46,000 every month to look at options to relieve the congested Blackwall Tunnel.

Twenty-three services across London are expected to be disrupted by action over pay and conditions.

Commuters in Tower Hamlets are facing disruption due to a bus strike.

Boris on a bike... arriving at launch of cycle superhighway in Stratford

The Mayor of London has unveiled plans for a new ‘back street’ cycle network so that ordinary folk can “ride in safety” in ordinary clothes away from busy main roads. The first route planned in the New Year would stretch from west London and the City through Canary Wharf, Newham and out to Barking in the east. But it doesn’t replace the deathly ‘super cycle’ blue lane routes which have led to deaths in traffic accidents, especially along the worst blackspot A11 between Stratford and Aldgate. This “Johnson versus Johnson” debate has London Mayor Boris urging us to get on our bikes and feel safe, while London Assembly Opposition member Darren fears super cycleways still lulled cyclists into a false sense of security…

Determined to save Fish Island... London Assembly's Jenny Jones

Industrial heritage sites in London’s East End must be protected from encroaching developers turning them into yet more luxury flats, a London Assembly member has urged.

Computers are being used for child protection [PA picture]

Vital gaps in child protection in London’s East End are being plugged by a new computer system to alert social workers if a youngster with a Protection Order suddenly turns up at A&E with suspicious injuries or signs of neglect.

September's protest against nursery cuts outside the Town Hall

Mothers have won a Christmas victory stopping Tower Hamlets council closing four nurseries in London’s deprived East End which also cater for toddlers with special needs.

Tower Hamlets council

A petitioner challenging last May’s election for Mayor of Tower Hamlets has this week asked Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to suspend the Town Hall’s Returning officer from running next May’s General Election count.

September's protest against nursery cuts outside the Town Hall

Councillors have voted overwhelmingly to demand Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman withdraws his plans to axe nurseries in London’s deprived East End.

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