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Doreen Lawrence tipped to be Mayoral candidate

Doreen Lawrence tipped to be Mayoral candidate

  Lewisham anti-racism icon, Doreen Lawrence, has been tipped to become Labour’s London Mayoral Candidate for 2016, according to an article in The Sunday People. The campaigning mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence was made a Labour peer in 2013, and party insiders have now described her as ‘influential and…

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: ”How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…

Picnic Protest: ladies who lunch on the Circle line

Picnic Protest: ladies who lunch on the Circle line

Two Goldsmiths students took to the Circle line for a picnic protest yesterday, in response to the controversial Facebook group Women Who Eat On Tubes (WWEOT). The group, which was founded by Tony Burke in 2011, began to hit the headlines following an article by Sophie Wilkinson, which prompted Lucy Brisbane…

Startup business performance lags behind other boroughs

Startup business performance lags behind other boroughs

1,415 new businesses opened in 2012, but the borough lagged 28 per cent behind the entrepreneurship of the London and ELL averages. Lewisham was also worst affected by the recession. Between 2009 and 2010, the London average for startups rose steadily by 4 per cent rise. Lewisham however, showed a…

Goldsmiths students to stage sit in lunch on Circle line

Goldsmiths students to stage sit in lunch on Circle line

Don’t know where to go for lunch? How about heading underground, just make sure you bring a napkin. Yes, you heard us correctly, two Goldsmiths students are inviting commuters to have lunch on the Circle line on April 14, in response to a controversial Facebook group which has caused a media…

Venues for Lewisham film festival announced

Venues for Lewisham film festival announced

The third annual New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet with 40 film screenings over nine days. This year’s festival will see 23 venues, such as Shades Pool Hall on Deptford High Street, The Old Police Station in Amersham Vale and Sanford Housing…

Author and academic Richard Hoggart dies aged 95

Author and academic Richard Hoggart dies aged 95

Cultural studies pioneer Richard Hoggart, whose work influenced a generation of students and lecturers, has died aged 95 following a series of illnesses. Hoggart was best known for The Uses of Literacy, a core Cultural Studies book published in 1957. He worked at universities across the UK, undertaking his last…

Mayoral candidate charged with criminal damage

Mayoral candidate charged with criminal damage

A Lewisham mayoral candidate has been charged with criminal damage and is set to appear in court next week. John Hamilton, 58 of Pendrell Road, is running as the People Before Profit candidate in May’s mayoral elections. It is claimed that Hamilton painted a political message about the lack of…

Retail therapy: mental health stigma challenged by shop

Retail therapy: mental health stigma challenged by shop

The Mental Health Activity (MHA) Trust has launched its flagship store in Blackheath. The shop on Delacourt Road, which was officially opened by Danny Baker, is stocked by donations from businesses and individuals in the community. Three staff members with mental health problems will be employed and given the opportunity…

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

A senior A&E consultant who campaigned to save Lewisham Hospital has announced that he is running for the European elections next month. Dr Chidi Ejimofo, a consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital, is the latest NHS employee to announce his candidacy for the National Health Action (NHA) Party. Ejimofo, who lives…

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