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Revised controversial planning changes to be debated in Lords after Government offers concessions to opponents

Revised controversial planning changes to be debated in Lords after Government offers concessions to opponents

  Local opponents of new regulations to allow large home extensions without planning permission will be watching developments closely when revised proposals are debated in the House of Lords on Monday after last week’s promise by the Government to listen to the objectors. Following a rebellion by Tory and Lib Dem…

Diane Abbott attacks ‘£10m’ costs of Thatcher funeral

Diane Abbott attacks ‘£10m’ costs of Thatcher funeral

  Local MP Diane Abbott has criticised the Government for its “unprecedented” treatment of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, which has been speculated as costing around £10m of public money, on the morning of the event. Abbott, Labour frontbencher and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, pointed out on BBC Radio…

Murderers of rapper Umar Tufail given long sentences

Murderers of rapper Umar Tufail given long sentences

The teenagers convicted of the ‘execution’ of  rapper Umar Tufail were sentenced to life…

‘Bullet was for me’ – brother of murdered rapper

‘Bullet was for me’ – brother of murdered rapper

The younger brother of a rapper murdered in South Norwood told police he believed the bullet was intended for him, the Old Bailey heard on Friday. Umar Tufail, 25, who performed under the name Humuh, was shot in the head in front of the brothers’ home on July 15 2012.…

7/7 survivor and Paralympian Martine Wright speaks to ELL

7/7 survivor and Paralympian Martine Wright speaks to ELL

Martine Wright was born within the sound of the Bow Bells, which means, of course, she is one of a dying breed: a true cockney, and very proud. As there is no longer a maternity ward at St Barts hospital, “the only way to give birth to a real cockney…

Hackney employment crisis: twenty applicants for every job make borough second worst place in UK to find work

Hackney employment crisis: twenty applicants for every job make borough second worst place in UK to find work

Hackney is the second hardest place to get a job in the UK, reports today have shown. The national average of applications per available job is four, but in Hackney, the number is five times higher, with 20 people applying for each vacancy. Research by Unison showed that London was…

Man accused of Tia Sharp murder appears in court

Man accused of Tia Sharp murder appears in court

A man pleaded not guilty to the murder of 12-year-old Croydon girl Tia Sharp at the Old Bailey today. Stuart Hazell, 38, remained at Belmarsh Prison for the hearing, appearing in court via videolink. At the time of Tia’s murder, Hazell was in a relationship with her grandmother, Christine Sharp.…

Mayor Rahman’s advisor accused of ‘conflict of interest’

Mayor Rahman’s advisor accused of ‘conflict of interest’

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman has been accused of a conflict of interest over the employment of an advisor who also works as a journalist on a television station which has been the subject of damming reports by Ofcom. According to the Evening Standard, the journalist who produced…

Dalston’s popular EFES has its license revoked, council reveal

Dalston’s popular EFES has its license revoked, council reveal

  Dalston pool hall and popular hangout EFES has had its alcohol license revoked, Hackney Council has revealed. A police officer’s witness statement on Hackney Council’s website said that: “The management team of the venue have a lackadaisical approach to the running of a snooker club”, and that a bartender…

In conversation with East London’s fashionista

In conversation with East London’s fashionista

  “Let me just take my grill out,” says fashion designer Rhiannon Jones through a mouthful of gold. Using two-inch scarlet nails, she plucks it deftly from her teeth and smiles as she pops it back in its box. “That’s the thing about grills… they look good, but they make…

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