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14th annual film festival brings world premieres and homegrown talent to the East End in cinematic feast

14th annual film festival brings world premieres and homegrown talent to the East End in cinematic feast

The East End Film Festival (EEFF) began yesterday, commencing twelve days of film premieres, industry master classes and free screenings in venues across East London. After whole year’s preparation, the 14th East End Film Festival started off on the hottest day during this year in 1 July. The EEFF was…

ELL boroughs miss out as Transport for London announces 24-hour tube service across the capital

ELL boroughs miss out as Transport for London announces 24-hour tube service across the capital

Transport for London (TFL) has released a map showing the routes of 24-hour London Underground services running from September. Services on the Jubilee, Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly and most of the Central line will run Friday and Saturday nights from 12 September. The entirety of the Jubilee and Victoria lines will…

Hackney Council backs down on Public Space Protection Order after pressure from community groups

Hackney Council backs down on Public Space Protection Order after pressure from community groups

  Hackney council has decided to completely scrap its controversial Public Space Protection Order, which criminalised activities like begging and public drinking and was accused of penalising the homeless. The decision was announced yesterday by Councillor Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor in Hackney. Linden said: “In the light of ongoing public…

US First Lady Michelle Obama tells Tower Hamlets schoolgirls: education is the path to your success

US First Lady Michelle Obama tells Tower Hamlets schoolgirls: education is the path to your success

US First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Tower Hamlets today to deliver a simple message to schoolgirls in one of the most deprived areas of Britain: education is the key to success. Obama said when she looked at the girls in the audience at Mulberry School for Girls, she saw…

Biggs promises new era in Tower Hamlets politics after winning re-run election ballot by decisive margin

Biggs promises new era in Tower Hamlets politics after winning re-run election ballot by decisive margin

Labour’s John Biggs is the new Mayor of Tower Hamlets, elected in the early hours of this morning. His triumph was announced to his cheering supporters just before 5am after an all night count at the Excel Centre in east London. The mayoral election was ordered after the High Court…

LIVE: John Biggs declared Mayor of Tower Hamlets at 5am after tense second-preference vote count

LIVE: John Biggs declared Mayor of Tower Hamlets at 5am after tense second-preference vote count

Labour Party candidate John Biggs was elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets this morning by a margin of 6,370 votes over runner-up Rabina Khan. The result was announced shortly before 5am following a second-preference vote count from which all candidates but Biggs and Khan had been eliminated. Biggs received 32,754 votes…

Voters go to polls in mayoral re-election

Voters go to polls in mayoral re-election

Voters in Tower Hamlets will head to the polls today to elect a new mayor for the second time in just over a year. The re-election was ordered after former mayor Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of electoral fraud and bribery in the 2014 mayoral election and ousted from office six weeks…

Hackney bows to critics and removes ‘rough sleepers’ from anti social behaviour order

Hackney bows to critics and removes ‘rough sleepers’ from anti social behaviour order

Hackney Council has bowed to pressure from charities and community groups and removed references to ‘rough sleepers’ from the Public Space Protection order that came into effect earlier this month. The original measure attracted a petition of opposition which has been signed by more than 80,000 people, including pop star Ellie…

Ellie Goulding attacks Hackney for controversial measure which critics say ‘criminalises’ homeless people

Ellie Goulding attacks Hackney for controversial measure which critics say ‘criminalises’ homeless people

Pop star Ellie Goulding has joined in the protest over the Public Space Protection Order that came into effect in large parts of Hackney last month which critics say penalises homeless people. The measure aims to crack down on anti social behaviour, including begging and rough sleeping. In a series of…

Mayoral candidates for Tower Hamlets pledge to promote diversity during special LGBT hustings

Mayoral candidates for Tower Hamlets pledge to promote diversity during special LGBT hustings

Six of the mayoral candidates in Tower Hamlets have pledged to promote more diversity within the borough, an area which has suffered anti-gay campaigns in recent years. Candidates Elaine Bagshaw (Liberal Democrats), John Biggs (Labour), Andy Erlam (Red Flag — Anti-Corruption), John Foster (Green Party), Peter Golds (Conservatives) and Vanessa…

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