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University staff set to launch assessment boycott as pensions row remains unresolved

University staff set to launch assessment boycott as pensions row remains unresolved

Staff at 69 universities across the UK will begin an assessment boycott next Thursday after on-going rows over pensions remain unresolved. The assessment boycott, which begins on November 6, will affect Goldsmiths and Queen Mary’s students locally. The boycott will halt exams and stop students being set coursework or receiving…

Diane Abbott on Labour’s mansion tax: Hackney home owners not ‘living in Downton Abbey’

Diane Abbott on Labour’s mansion tax: Hackney home owners not ‘living in Downton Abbey’

Hackney home owners are not ‘living in Downton Abbey,’ Diane Abbott, the Labour MP for Hackney said last week. In an interview on LBC she pointed out that many of the households that will be expected to pay Labour’s planned ‘mansion tax’ bought a house in an ‘unfashionable’ part of…

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

The  Stokey Local campaigners  lost their battle against Hackney Council in court yesterday, 24 October. The campaigners argued that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s along with 53 flats was unlawful. The claim was dismissed by Mrs Justice Patterson in less than a…

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

Students in the East End could find themselves affected by university strikes after 78% of lecturers voted for industrial action on Monday. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have voted for action after a row over pensions. Staff voted in favour of strikes, and action short of strikes…

Rudimental takes to the sky with groundbreaking gig eight miles above the Atlantic

Rudimental takes to the sky with groundbreaking gig eight miles above the Atlantic

Hackney group Rudimental will hit a new high on Thursday when they play a gig eight miles above the Atlantic Ocean which is to be streamed live here. The event has been organised by Virgin Airways to publicise the first flight of their new 787. Since the release of “Feel…

Housing market is dysfunctional, says Diane Abbott in opposition to Labour’s housing review

Housing market is dysfunctional, says Diane Abbott in opposition  to Labour’s housing review

Diane Abbott has argued that increasing the supply of London housing will not bring down house prices in the capital because the market has become entirely dysfunctional. This is in direct contradiction to Labour’s newly published housing policy review which highlights house building as a solution to “the biggest housing…

Renters to “be exploited in perpetuity” with new Labour housing policy, says Generation Rent

Renters to “be exploited in perpetuity” with new Labour housing policy, says Generation Rent

Generation Rent has slammed a Labour housing policy review claiming that its proposals will force renters to be “exploited in perpetuity” to the benefit of homeowners. The Lyons Housing Review, commissioned by the Labour party and conducted by Sir Michael Lyons, was released last week and sets out a “roadmap”…

Local hero slams anti-Muslim political attacks

Local hero slams anti-Muslim political attacks

Tower Hamlets councillor Rabina Khan, recently nominated “Hero of the Year” in the European Diversity Awards, has slammed anti-Muslim attacks against the borough and defended its diversity and integration. Khan said that distorted media coverage and damaging comments from powerful politicians help build a negative image of the Muslim community…

Protestors shut down MIPIM-UK property conference

Protestors shut down MIPIM-UK property conference

Protestors, including organisations from Hackney and Tower Hamlets, briefly shut down the controversial MIPIM-UK property conference today, with police confirming that they made an arrest outside the venue. MIPIM is the world’s largest property conference and is taking place in London for the first time. The event gives domestic and…

Lewisham Hospital denies claims of “unprepared” response to suspected Ebola patient

Lewisham Hospital denies claims of “unprepared” response to suspected Ebola patient

Lewisham Hospital today denied reports in the Daily Mail that it had been had been “totally unprepared when a suspected Ebola patient walked into A&E” on Saturday. A source in the hospital told the Mail that the staff treating the patient used facemasks and surgical gloves and not HAZMAT suits…

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