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The Queen’s Speech: what are the implications for East London boroughs of three key bills?

The Queen’s Speech: what are the implications for East London boroughs of three key bills?

A major Parliamentary legislative programme was spelled out in the Queen´s speech on Wednesday, with the monarch announcing plans by the new Conservative Government for more than 20 new bills. They cover a range of subjects from new powers for Scotland to extending free childcare. Here, Eastlondonlines examines the implications for the local…

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED festival survives after a successful second meeting with eager artists and community members. The event will transform into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) open studio, where people are invited to enjoy art, meet artists and purchase pieces. Many displayed a strong interest in the small-scale event during a meeting held last…

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Trains between Liverpool Street station and Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford will be taken over by Transport for London this weekend. This could mean more frequent trains arriving at Hackney stations along the route. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) announced that passengers are set to benefit from cheaper…

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice is the new Mayor of Croydon. After Manju Shahul-Hameed had office for one year, Hay-Justice will serve for the 2015-16 term. She was Deputy Mayor until now. Labour member Hay-Justice was elected to represent Addiscombe ward in 2010 and participated in several committees such as Crime prevention or Housing ever since. After having…

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

The work of Turner Prize nominated artists Bonnie Camplin and Janice Kerbel, lecturers from Goldsmiths University, has been well received by critics. Kerbel has been shortlisted for her operatic piece DOUG. The work was commissioned by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library in Glasgow. DOUG is a combination of nine songs…

London Velo in Deptford joins ‘bike café’ trend

London Velo in Deptford joins ‘bike café’ trend

London Velo in Deptford is next to join the ‘bike café’ trend where coffee is combined with cycle repair and trade. The café opens on 29 May and welcomes all cyclists, from hardcore riders in lycra to complete beginners. Steve McMillan, co-owner of the café, emphasises that the café will…

Bahar Mustafa’s supporters defend minority-specific events, ironic misandry, fight against female oppression

Bahar Mustafa’s supporters defend minority-specific events, ironic misandry, fight against female oppression

Support has been growing for Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity officer at the centre of a racism and sexism row. They defend Mustafa for organizing minority-specific events and say her tweeting of hashtags such as #killallwhitemen has been misunderstood. The president of Goldsmiths’ Student Union, Howard Littler, and the co-convenor of the MA…

Solar energy project makes final fundraising push

Solar energy project makes final fundraising push

Residents of Banister House Estate in Hackney are making a final push to meet their fundraising target of £142,000 to build what would be the UK’s largest community owned solar energy project on social housing. Repowering London, a non-profit organisation who has coordinated the project with local residents, had raised…

Crushed fly-tipper van goes on display

Crushed fly-tipper van goes on display

A van used to illegally dump waste that was  seized and crushed by Croydon Council has gone on display around the borough as a message to fly-tippers. The van was seized on 21 February, and later destroyed, after it had been used to dump nearly two tonnes of rubbish in…

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Artists in Hackney’s Cremer Street Studios are facing a difficult choice: support demolition of the building or vacate their studios in less than two months. The artists in the building were told by their landlords, JD Simmons and Regal Homes, to sign a letter stating they will not oppose development…

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