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Homerton Hospital to be investigated after four deaths

Homerton Hospital to be investigated after four deaths

Homerton University Hospital is facing an investigation after a new mother died from infections following her refusal of a blood transfusion. 40-year-old Jehovah’s Witness, Adeline Keh, is one of four new mothers treated at the hospital to have died in a nine-month period. The hospital has asked NHS England to evaluate…

Russell Brand shines spotlight on Hoxton New Era renters’ protest against “social cleansing”

Russell Brand shines spotlight on Hoxton New Era renters’ protest against “social cleansing”

Activist and comedian Russell Brand was one of 300 protestors at a rally to protect a Hoxton housing estate on Saturday. A petition to protect the estate has received nearly 90,000 signatures in the past week and was shared by Brand on his website on Wednesday. Ninety families on the…

Free festive fitness fun to beat winter weightgain

Free festive fitness fun to beat winter weightgain

Hackney Council are providing free exercise classes for residents as the festive season approaches to help combat holiday indulgences. Classes on offer include box fit, dance fit, yoga and bootcamp. Starting today, the sessions are led by qualified and experienced instructors and will take place both indoors and outdoors across…

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Comedian Russell Brand revealed how community spirit can transform urban spaces when he unveiled the result of nine month’s hard work by a local charity in Hackney Downs yesterday. A “curious structure” in Hackney Park was transformed into an impressive piece of artwork by The Hackney Mosaic Project, a scheme…

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

A Hackney youth charity has been awarded £500,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Not-for-profit organisation Off Centre offers innovative support services for young people in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. The grant is the biggest that the organisation has received in its 40-year history. In particular, the award recognises Off…

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Night Tales will open tomorrow for a seven-weekend stay in Shoreditch in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Starting from 6pm on Friday, this weekend will feature music from Django Django DJ set and Low Life with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. The music line-ups will be announced weekly, as will the special…

REBO wants a “Wimbledon champion from Hackney”

REBO wants a “Wimbledon champion from Hackney”

Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey, attended the launch last night of the REBO wall project, which provided a tennis practice wall for Hackney’s Concorde Centre. Days before the ATP World Tour finals at the O2, former British number one, Petchey, was joined by local children at the Concorde Centre…

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

A victory rally replaced St Mungo’s Broadway’s planned strike action today, after executives agreed to meet union demands. Workers at the homeless charity, which runs hostels in Hackney and Lewisham, were set to strike for ten days as bosses announced a £5,000, or 19 per cent, pay cut for new…

Cuts to free legal aid have hit “squeezed middle” hardest

Cuts to free legal aid have hit “squeezed middle” hardest

“Ordinary working people” are being hit hardest by cuts to legal aid, according to a Hackney law charity. A rising number of people who are “too ‘rich’ to be eligible to receive legal aid and too ‘poor’ to afford a private high street lawyer” are seeking advice from free legal…

Abbott: Labour selection for London Mayor “blatantly rigged”

Abbott: Labour selection for London Mayor “blatantly rigged”

Diane Abbott has criticised her party’s methods in selecting a candidate for London Mayor, saying that the timetable is “ridiculously short”. Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has argued that the timetable is so short it amounts to electoral rigging. She told politics.co.uk: “The timetable is expressly designed…