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Angry parents fighting to save the East End's 300-year-old Raine's Foundation School from being closed down are turning up for a consultation meeting tonight at the alternative school they don't want their children transferred to.

The number of toddlers from low-income families getting free Tower Hamlets Council pre-school 'early learning' has doubled in five years despite public spending cuts and nursery closures.

Public services are being switched to go online and away from telephones at Tower Hamlets Council despite 400,000 calls made every year in 78 per cent of all inquiries it gets.

Parents fighting to save the East End's 300-year-old Raine's Foundation School from being closed down by Tower Hamlets Council have set up a steering group which staged a protest with their children outside the main gate.

Almost half the women and children on the poverty line in the East End are missing out on free fruit, vegetables, babyfood and milk, shock figures show.

Minister for care Caroline Dinenage says unpaid carers are "fundamental to supporting our health and care system" and "immeasureably improve lives".

A campaign has been started to raise the cash for what might be the world's first hand-cracked rolling footbridge planned for a disused dock on the River Lea.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has branded Donald Trump "utterly insensitive" and said that the US president's state visit should never have happened.

Drivers in Tower Hamlets are being urged to ditch their cars as it was revealed one stretch of road in the borough sees 100,000 vehicles travelling down it every day.

In spite of national difficulties, the Labour party has maintained its prime position in Tower Hamlets.

TV Historian Dan Cruikshank is spearheading a campaign to stop an historic 18th century Huguenot silkworker's house in Bethnal Green being bulldozed to make way for a luxury block of flats.

Public housing schemes drawn up by Tower Hamlets Council are being recognised by a professional architects forum as being among the best in London.

The lives of East End families living in a nine-year war between architects trying to preserve their massive concrete housing estate and the local authority itching to pull the whole lot down are chronicled in a poignant exhibition opening today.

Meet the workers fixing broken pavements and filling in potholes in a street near you.

Floating islands are literally being launched on the Regent's Canal to help east London's wildlife flourish.

Voters will elect 73 members to represent the UK in the European Parliament on Thursday.

Work has started on the new £5 million Wellington Way health centre in Bromley-by-Bow where patients will be able to opt for self-diagnosis with state-of-the-art NHS technology.

A woman who only just scraped through last year's local elections to become a Tower Hamlets councillor at her third attempt was elected Council Speaker.

Families have voted for a massive expansion of their housing estate in Poplar which could see it quadruple in size.

Police have carried out more drugs operations using Tower Hamlets Council's CCTV network of cameras in an ongoing war on street dealers.

A man appears in court this morning charged with murder and preventing the burial of a woman's body which was found in a block of flats in Poplar.

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Tower Hamlets has risen this year, but remains well below that of five years ago, according to the latest government figures.

More adult learners without qualifications have now graduated from Poplar Harca housing association's training programme helping to remove barriers to social integration.

Former Chelsea and Charlton footballer Micky Ambrose has returned to his roots to help save the East End's oldest secondary school and kick plans into touch to close down Raine's Foundation in just 16 months' time.

Comedienne and broadcaster Rosie Wilby is leading a pubic discussion on the film Tomboy as one of several events this week tackling hate crime in the East End, with backing from Tower Hamlets Council.

Former government business secretary Vince Cable launched the Lib Dems' national EU election manifesto in Bethnal Green last night with a 'remain' message that Europe "doesn't encroach on Britain's sovereignty".

The Lib Dem's national party leader Sir Vince Cable arrives in Bethnal Green this-evening to launch the party's manifesto for the EU elections on May 23.

Hundreds if home-owners living in an east London housing complex with unsafe cladding have won their two-year battle to get the fire combustible material removed from their tower blocks two years after the Grenfell fire tragedy that killed 70 people.

A park's guardians are staging a picnic aimed at bringing communities together in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

Plans have been revealed to close down historic Raine's Foundation by Tower Hamlets Council in the week that the East End's oldest school celebrates its 300th anniversary.

The new Bishop of Stepney is to fight for the rights of the poor and those living in deprevitaion when she takes up her post in September.

A 'play street pledge' has been started this week for September's 'World Car Free' day hoping to persuade motorists to give up their vehicles and maybe even go to work on space hoppers.

The new Bishop of Stepney announced by Downing Street a few minutes ago is the Venerable Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell, the first woman ever to hold the post.

Tougher controls on short-term holiday lettings are being called for by Tower Hamlets Council to stop landlords and home owners dodging round the law.

Small businesses in railway arches fighting rent rises of up to 350pc were "ignored" when Network Rail first put the properties up for sale.

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