Emily Hodson was not expecting to be back in Bow so soon.

New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

The Queen Mary University of London Students’ Union (QMSU) is locked in heated debate with its own university over access to the government’s furlough scheme.

Over the past eight weeks people have been encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The future of social care is bleak, says Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs, as new analysis reveals that local authorities face losing £3.5billion from their care budgets to compensate for a £10bn “coronavirus black hole”.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge — have called upon the government to protect transport workers, following the revelation that so far 28 London bus drivers have died from Covid-19.

A man has been charged with a robbery in Whitechapel.

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of offences including attempted murder after a teenager was allegedly stabbed near Stepney Green station.

The borough’s political leaders have slammed the government’s roadmap for easing England out of lockdown restrictions.

Tower Hamlets’ leading figures have reacted to new analysis which reveals the impact of Covid-19 on the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) population.

The past seven weeks have been challenging for parents, as they strive to both educate and entertain children not used to being cooped up at home.

MP Rushanara Ali has offered a frank assessment of the recent report which confirmed that those from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are more likely to die from coronavirus.

The MP for Poplar and Limehouse has called for the two-child limit to be scrapped, as it emerges the reform will affect 34% of all children in the constituency by the end of this parliament.

In a return to the venue’s farm-to-fork roots. the hugely experienced Betty Gilbert and Lucy Cuthbert are opening The Allotment Kitchen, a new eatery dedicated to preparing food from locally sourced ingredients.

The composer Jonathan Pease, alongside charity Poplar Union, have launched an online musical project to get kids singing during lockdown.

The speed of broadband has rarely felt more important, as huge numbers continue to work from home due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus has created a new normal, with lockdown affecting most aspects of daily life, including religious celebration.

A man has been jailed for four years and eight months’ after he was found with about £30,000 worth of cocaine in the boot of a private hire vehicle he was travelling in following a proactive police stop in east London.

MP Rushanara Ali warns that the UK is “not ready” for the “terrible economic storm” that is coming as a result of coronavirus.

Volunteers from an Ilford mosque have delivered snacks to NHS frontline staff at the Royal London Hospital.

A fire at a Poplar flat is now under control.

Life in lockdown is proving a unique experience.

MP Rushanara Ali has voiced concerns over the extension to the government furlough scheme, highlighting new criteria which may see thousands become ineligible.

The MP for Poplar and Limehouse is one of a number of politicians calling for migrants to be given greater protection during the coronavirus crisis.

A group of 59 MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Havering — have urged Matt Hancock to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

A Bethnal Green charity has launched a project which aims to create a digital archive of life during the coronavirus crisis.

Ten thousand pounds worth of free tickets are being given to NHS workers in a competition to win a newly-renovated flat in Bethnal Green.

Both Tower Hamlets MPs have expressed their well wishes to prime minister Boris Johnson as he remains in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

A group of 93 MPs have called upon Royal Mail to offer greater protection for postal workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

This was not the introduction to parliamentary life that MP Apsana Begum expected.


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

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