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Hundreds gather in the rain at ‘Born in Lewisham’ protest against downgrade of hospital services

Hundreds gather in the rain at ‘Born in Lewisham’ protest against downgrade of hospital services

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Lewisham Hospital in the rain today to voice their opposition to the proposed downgrade of the institution’s emergency and maternity services. Tony O’Sullivan of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign said: “It’s a real disgrace, to downgrade a very successful hospital with a very important part…

Campaigners to challenge hospital downgrade in court

Campaigners to challenge hospital downgrade in court

Campaigners have mounted a legal challenge of the Government decision to downgrade Lewisham Hospital’s maternity and emergency services. The challenge, made on March 12 by activist group Save Lewisham Hospital, relates specifically to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt’s justification of the January decision. Jos Bell, spokesperson for the organisation, told…

Police reissue £20,000 appeal for murder information

Police reissue £20,000 appeal for murder information

The Metropolitan Police have launched a new appeal for information about the murder of a human rights lawyer three years ago in Lewisham. A reward of up to £20,000 is available for assistance that leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the death of Abdelsalam Hassan Abdelsalam.…

Full steam ahead: east London spas and saunas

Full steam ahead: east London spas and saunas

As the Met Office predicts another chilly weekend ahead, thinking of novel ways to beat the cold can be tough. Layering on an extra jumper or two quickly gets stuffy, cranking up the thermostat may upset thrifty cohabitors, and staying in bed all day seems like a great idea until…

Croydon’s theatre scene is put back in Saif hands

Croydon’s theatre scene is put back in Saif hands

Saif Bonar is a busy man. “I have a meeting at 1pm until 2:30. And another from 3 until 4. And another from 4 until 4:30. But I’m free after, until 6, if that’s any good,” reads one of his hastily written e-mails. Bonar is the man behind the first…

Olympics impact on business – ELL wants your views

Olympics impact on business – ELL wants your views

ELL is researching the impact of the Olympics on businesses in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. We want business-owners and managers to complete our short survey (2-3 minutes) and tell us what they think. Replies will be mapped and quoted in an upcoming feature. To take this opportunity to voice your…

Olympic Park handed over for public opening

Olympic Park handed over for public opening

The Olympic Park handover was completed today as abseilers braved rainy conditions to detach the last strips of outer shell from the Aquatics Centre. The London Legacy Development Corporation is now officially responsible for the site, and will oversee the first stages of its re-opening to the public under the…

Mayor attends football match for White Ribbon Week

Mayor attends football match for White Ribbon Week

Council staff traded warm desks for winter drizzle this Wednesday as they took on a football team assembled by the Young Mayor of Lewisham. The match was part of a programme of events to raise awareness of White Ribbon Week, a campaign to end violence against women. Lewisham Mayor Sir…

Unions back headteacher in GCSE grade challenge

Unions back headteacher in GCSE grade challenge

Two headteacher unions are calling on their members to contest a change in GCSE English grade boundaries, with Kenny Fredrick, a Tower Hamlets head taking decisive action.…

Catford old boy Lord Ouseley outlines path to equality

Catford old boy Lord Ouseley outlines path to equality

This year will go down in the history books as a momentous one for UK sport. Andy Murray cast off the weight of national expectation, clinching the US Open; Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France; and, in case anybody has forgotten, Team GB did…

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