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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Jubilant passengers turn up at Bethnal Green at 2am...

London’s new Night Tube network began its second shift at midnight with a rush of success on the Central Line after last night’s huge surge in passengers.

Night Tube

Tens of thousands of Londoners crammed onto the Night Tube after midnight as Transport for London put the capital on 24-hour call out.

Night Tube Roundel at Oxford Circus [photo: Mike Garnett]

Hundreds of police officers being drafted in to cope with the London Underground running 24 hours through the night and tomorrow on the Central Line has been welcomed in east London by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

The government must protect whistle-blowers and take them seriously while also safeguarding local democracy when it sends commissioners in to scrutinise Town Hall spending like it did at Tower Hamlets.

That’s the conclusion of a Parliamentary committee of MPs in a report published today (Friday) into events at Tower Hamlets and Rotherham local authorities.

World athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton at reopening of Poplar Pools

Former world athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton returned to London’s East End where she grew up—just four weeks after an operation for a knee injury—for yesterday’s grand reopening of a swimming pool that had been derelict nearly 30 years.

Sir Eric Pickles... report into Tower Hamlets election fraud

Politicians have reacted with fury in London’s East End over findings released today by Sir Eric Pickles that police and the judiciary are “turning a blind eye” to election fraud.

Dame Barbara Windsor in Trafalgar Square

Barbara Windsor today joined the Mayor of London’s ‘ambassadors’ in Trafalgar Square to promote “the greatest city on earth”.

Concrete fortress... old Robin Hood Gardens estate

A planning application to help rid of ‘brutalist’ 1970s housing estate architecture London’s deprived East End has been submitted this week to the local authority.

IRA Canary Wharf bomb victim Jonathan Ganesh being rescued in 1996... his two friends were killed

Members of the deposed Gaddafi regime in Libya who supplied semtex to the IRA for the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing are living secretly today in the Home Counties, relatives of the victims have learned.

London Assembly's 'Stormin' Len Duvall worries about 'perfect storm' elections

London may have a “perfect storm” of elections in 2020, juggling its own polls for mayor and the Assembly with the General Election for Westminster.

Mela Procession through Spitalfields

This year’s Bengali Mela finally shook off its commercial shackles of the past few years after families in London’s East End had complained it was too expensive to take part in.

London Citizens march across Tower Bridge

Hundreds of demonstrators converged on Tower Bridge to march to City Hall for a rally against the rise in race hate incidents following the EU exit referendum.

Island Gardens on the Isle of Digs, opposite Greenwich, where Kids Karnival has been scrapped [Google image]

Hundreds of children face disappointment with the sudden cancellation this week of East London’s famous ‘Kids Karnival’ which organisers blamed on “town hall red tape”.

Protesters wave banners in council public gallery against Mela being staged at Weavers Fields

The biggest Bengali New Year Mela parade outside Bangladesh returns to Brick Lane in the heart of London’s East End on Sunday amid a protest by campaigners wanting it to be staged further out at Victoria Park..

Mayor John Biggs meets Mikardo school protesters arriving atTown Hall

Schools in London’s East End are being warned not to hire staff who have violent or sexual police records without contacting the Town Hall first.

'Postcode war' youths protest on crossing outside their Globe Road youth centre being closed

Teenagers caught up in a “post code war” were out on the streets in London’s East End protesting at their youth centre being closed down along with claims of 17 other centres facing the axe by the local authority.

Poplar Baths... closed 40 years, now reopened to the public

How spooky that the 1930s Poplar Baths has re-opened in London’s East End after being derelict for three decades since it closed its doors.

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.

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