Friday, April 24, 2015

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Cleared at the High Court... Tower Hamlets' Election Returning officer John Williams, pictured with former borough Police Commander Dave Stringer

The returning officer caught up in the Tower Hamlets election trial has been cleared today of any wrongdoing.

Tower Hamlets Mayor Rahman

Lutfur Rahman has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by a judge after an Election Court trial into last year’s poll at Tower Hamlets which returned him as executive mayor for a second term.

Lutfur Rahman... waiting for verdict [pictures: Joe Lord]

Policians are now preparing for a re-run of last May’s election for Tower Hamlets mayor which has been declared “void” by the High Court today.

Lutfur Rahman

The election that put Tower Hamlets controversial Mayor Lutfur Rahman back in office last May has been declared “void” in the High Court this morning.

High Court QC Richard Mawrey [inset] and verdict on Tower Hamlets election trial

The judge in the High Court looking into allegations of mal-practice and intimidation in last year’s election for Mayor of Tower Hamlets is about to start his deliberations of his verdict this morning.

Lutfur Rahman... waiting for verdict [pictures: Joe Lord]

The High Court makes its long-awaited judgement this-morning (Thurs) on the Tower Hamlets ‘election trial’ of mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Holland Estate tenants from Spitalfields protesting at Tower Hamlets Council meeting

Hundreds of families are fighting to stop their homes being pulled down to make way for private development.

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Nigel Farage (left) and meets Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity during a visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ukip’s manifesto offers “serious, fully-costed policies” for people who “believe in Britain”, Nigel Farage said as he prepared to launch the party’s detailed programme.

David Cameron.

David Cameron will claim the Conservatives are the “party of the working people” as Margaret Thatcher’s right to buy housing scheme makes a return in the his manifesto launch today.

Crisis charity's Employment Platform helping the homeless find work

Firms and public organisations have been helping a campaign to get the homeless into work.

Rough sleeper with sleeping bag on the streets [pictures: Sam Mellish]

Don’t punish the homeless for being out of work, a charity boss is urging politicians who are now campaigning for votes.

Ready to count votes...  election run last time

The gloves are finally off for the battle of the polls at the General election in the East End with all 18 candidates now declared for both Westminster Parliamentary seats in Tower Hamlets.

Rushanara Ali, Labour's candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow

Rushanara Ali has fired off Labour’s General Election campaign in east London with a rally calling for more investment in homes and education—claiming teachers and even surgeons are “struggling to live in the East End”.

Hugo Pierre has been announced as the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's candidate for Poplar and Limehouse

Today the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition announced its Poplar and Limehouse candidate for the general election.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has been accused of failing the borough

Labour councillor Rachael Saunders has accused mayor Lutfur Rahman of failing the people of Tower Hamlets.

Town Hall war on investment scams and [inset] leaflet handed out at Canary Wharf

An operation to clamp down on white collar scams being run from short-term rented office addresses in Canary Wharf in under way by police and trading standards officials.

Police on walkabout in Bow looking at crime issues

Police and local authority officers have been out and about meeting the public again in their continued campaign to tackle street crime and yob behaviour in London’s East End.

Today Parliament dissolved, marking the official start of 2015's general election campaigning (Pic by Andrew Matthews/PA)

Today parliament dissolved, marking the start of official general election campaigning.

In six weeks, the borough will go to the polls Pic: PA

The election campaign officially starts at the end of March – but the battle for hearts, minds and votes started long ago. Political editor Annabelle Dickson sets out her guide

Protest at Cambridge Heath Sixthform College

Mums are making a desperate plea tonight to stop their children’s special needs unit in London’s deprived East End being closed down.

Mayor Rahman viewing new council 'home'

Controversial mayor Lutfur Rahman looked round his new “home” which is costing council taxpayers in London’s deprived East End a cool £9 million—for a run-down pile of bricks needing some attention.

Save Our Surgeries protest as Limehouse Surgery struggles to stay afloat.

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Patients joined their GPs in a street protest over budget cuts that campaigners say could close down many surgeries in London’s deprived East End with its high levels of chronic illness.

Police gathering evidence of public concerns on street crime walkabout at Mile End

Police officers have been on a walkabout in London’s East End looking for evidence of street crime and anti-social behaviour..

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