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#ELLGetRegistered: Not sure who to vote for? Take our quiz to find out whose policies you most agree with

#ELLGetRegistered: Not sure who to vote for? Take our quiz to find out whose policies you most agree with

  Unsure who to vote for? Take our election quiz to see which party’s policies you match up most with. On the following issues, with which statement do you most agree?…

#ELLGetRegistered: Our guide to voter registration

#ELLGetRegistered: Our guide to voter registration

At the last election nearly 4000 people in the ELL boroughs left it too late to register to vote. Don’t let that happen to you. The last day in which UK citizens can register is this Monday April 20. The graph below, displaying data from the Electoral Commission, demonstrates how…

#ELLGetRegistered: Rushanara Ali: vote Labour

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, talks to ELL about why people should vote for the Labour party on May 7th. Speaking from her office in Westminster, Ali discusses the importance of your vote, Labour’s plans to reduce tuition fees and the voting age and the promise of ‘world class’ apprenticeships.

#ELLHousingCrisis: Why are the Greens the only major party committing to rent control in the General Election?

#ELLHousingCrisis: Why are the Greens the only major party committing to rent control in the General Election?

The Green Party is the only party in Britain to officially commit to a housing policy of rent control. As part of the party’s bid to provide “secure, affordable housing for all”, the Greens long ago committed to a policy of capping rents and introducing longer tenancies – whereby renters…

#ELLHousingCrisis: How the Eastlondonlines housing crisis appears in graphics across the four boroughs

#ELLHousingCrisis: How the Eastlondonlines housing crisis appears in graphics across the four boroughs

For the 8.3 million people living in Greater London the following infographics are more than just a few images. They are the difference between paying hundreds of pounds in rent, families being able to raise their children in the capital or even living in the areas they have done their…

How the new home-buyers are leaving London behind

How the new home-buyers are leaving London behind

You’ve saved up for years. You’re finally ready to take the plunge and move into your first home. Perhaps it’s the big leap for you and your significant other. Or maybe your parents have downsized so that you can make your first step on the ladder. And if you were…

#ELLHousingCrisis: This is everything that we know about the housing crisis across the Eastlondonlines boroughs

#ELLHousingCrisis: This is everything that we know about the housing crisis across the Eastlondonlines boroughs

Affordable housing is one of the top five issues for voters aged 18-24, according to a recent survey. Voters aged 18 to 24, many of whom will be voting for the first time at the 2015 general election, ranked housing affordability as one of the top five most important issues…

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis is the driving force of the Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign. He is also general secretary of the Lewisham branch of the NUT and a member of its national executive. He’s a secondary school science teacher in Lewisham and will be standing as an MP for the Trade…

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

A Lithuanian man who swallowed 969 grams of cocaine has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for drug smuggling. Mindaugas Milius, 37 and from Beckton, was travelling home from a three-week holiday in Bolivia on December 23 last year, when customs officers in the “Nothing To Declare”…

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

For many parents, raising a child can be an isolating and difficult experience. A children’s Sure Start centre can provide life-changing help, offering everything from breastfeeding advice to language classes for local families. But what if this help were to diminish or come to an end? What would happen to…