Labour's candidate came under fire from voters at last night's General Election hustings for Poplar and Limehouse over claims that she "jumped Tower Hamlets waiting list" to get a council flat.

Campaigners have won reprieve after a temporary halt was put on controversial plans to turn the historic Whitechapel bell foundry into a boutique hotel.

Final battle lines have been drawn up as 12 wannnabe MP candidates fight it out in the East End tonight and tomorrow in the last parliamentary hustings a week before the December 12 general election.

Sixty locations in Tower Hamlets consistently breached safe levels of air pollution last year - including two right next to a hospital.

Staff have gone out on strike today at New City College campuses at Poplar and Stepney in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Volunteers working to beat knife and gang culture have landed a cash windfall to help keep youngsters off the streets.

Scrapping the Vagrancy Act which "criminalises those on the streets" can end the homeless crisis, Lib Dem national leader Jo Swinson promised when she came face-to-face in Whitechapel today with men and women who have been on the streets.

Lecturers and support staff went on strike today at Queen Mary University over pay and pensions.

A mother and a teacher have both won awards for their projects to help bring a breath of fresh air to schools.

A man who wanted to end it all after being diagnosed with epilepsy is now celebrating a cash windfall for the disability therapy gym in Bow which has helped turn his life around.

Tougher enforcement fines are being brought in to stop drivers using the Rotherhithe Tunnel in vehicles that are too big or too heavy.

The top school in the country for best standard assessment tests has been named as Poplar's Mayflower Primary.

Hundreds of families turned up to meet council officials to tell them how to make the East End "a safer place" on the streets.

A hostel giving a "safe space" and support to help turn the lives around of addicts living on the streets of east London has won a national award for its social care.

A scheme to ban or reduce traffic around primary schools in Wapping has been revealed as part of a programme to pedestrianise parts of Wapping.

Contract workers went on strike at University College London's Olympic Park campus today to join hundreds of others in a mass demo calling for equal pay and conditions with staff.

A baby girl stolen by snake-charmers is an old Bengali fairy tale that has been reinterpreted at Rich Mix with modern feminist arguments about abuse.

A couple grieving for their son Ollie Gardiner who died from brain tumour when he was 13 are marking today's second anniversary by donating £187,500 they raised for research in east London to help find a cure.

The music publicist who brought Rock'n'Roll giants Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard together in London for their final gig 20 years ago is coming to the East End to sing dirty blues on stage.

Outside contract workers are to go on strike at the University College London's Olympic Park campus tomorrow when they join others in a mass demo calling for equal pay and conditions with university staff.

A solicitor and former Tower Hamlets councillor has been jailed for a seven-year housing fraud in which he bought two properties while illegally sub-letting his council house.

Besieged families are facing daily intimidation from drug gangs roaming their neighbourhood with machetes in a "crime bottleneck" of robberies, car-wrecking and even car hijacking at knifepoint.

The first day of the controversial 'bus gate' restrictions stopping through traffic using Wapping has caused chaos and confusion today.

GPs are protesting in east London against online digital consultations that are "speeding up" privatisation of NHS practices they fear will hit the elderly and the seriously ill.

Calls for "strong youth provision" to tackle child poverty and inequality have been made by the East End's biggest youth service on its fifth anniversary.

Silence was observed after the ship's bell from HMS Crane was rung at the town hall as Tower Hamlets Council paid tribute to those who lost their lives during two world wars.

A packed evening meeting above a pub in the Columbia Road flower market heard from a Tower Hamlets Council planning officer why they should have a road barrier to keep traffic out of their neighbourhood.

Preparations are under way by Tower Hamlets Council to make sure there's no voting fraud in next month's General Election or repeated intimidation like previous local elections.

Little Jacob Hopkins has cerebral palsy but the special needs council services his mum depends on is facing budget cuts.

Hundreds packed the Merchant Navy's own Sunday Remembrance at the Seamen's memorial today from the Armed Forces and members of the public.

The first-ever women-only stallholders' street market is being opened on November 15—in Petticoat Lane, of all paces!

A rogue landlord has been fined a record £22,000 for passing off "sham licences" to renters just a stone's throw from the Tower of London.

Plans to stop 4,000 vehicles a day using Old Bethnal Green Road have upset families who fear putting in a traffic barrier by the famous Columbia Road flower market will split the community.

Tens of thousands of spectators turned up for Guy Fawkes fireworks in Victoria Park to mark both the 1605 Gunpower Plot and the 1969 Apollo moon landing.

A massive £45 million is being ploughed into diverting youngsters away from street gang exploitation, a Tower Hamlets school governors' conference has been told.


It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

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