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Election debates: Green Party calls for inclusion

Election debates: Green Party calls for inclusion

The Green Party candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow at the 2015 general election is calling for his party to be included in the annual televised political debates after his selection this week. Alistair Polson, a lawyer, has called for Green Party leader Natalie Bennett to be a part of…

Ukip man to be tried for sexual assault

Ukip man to be tried for sexual assault

UKIP’s former candidate for Mayor of Lewisham will face trial after allegations he sexually assaulted a homeless Bulgarian man. Civil Servant Peter Lello, 44, was accused of assault in May. He denied the charge at Woolwich Crown Court last Friday and is on bail until June next year, when he…

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Croydon van driver, Ben Haenow, has continued smoothly on his X Factor journey with a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water. After performing the classic by Simon and Garfunkel, the 29-year-old was the second singer announced to be going on to the next live show, together with 13 more acts.…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Kidnapper escapes Homerton mental health centre

Kidnapper escapes Homerton mental health centre

Another patient of the Homerton mental health centre has  escaped during supervised leave five months after Samuel Lee, who served time for rape, and a year after Lerone Boye, a convicted killer, who was at large for three months. Shane Hart ran away on a group tour  and was last seen…

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

One of Croydon’s most remarkable parks has been shortlisted for an award that recognizes exceptional landscape design and architecture. Wandle Park is running for this year’s Landscape Institute Award in the category  for large-scale public development. The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects. They work to…

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

Chesham Arms saved from being turned into flats

Chesham Arms saved from being turned into flats

A landmark ruling last week by a planning inspector saw the Chesham Arms pub in Hackney saved from being turned into flats, but the owner will continue to use the former pub space as “offices”. The ruling comes two years after owner Mukund Patel turned the ground floor pub into…

‘So U think I’m CraZy’ at Maudsley Hospital

‘So U think I’m CraZy’ at Maudsley Hospital

A new play by a Croydon woman about the challenges of treating mental health patients is to be performed at the Maudsley Hospital tonight Written and directed by Ekanem Hines, a mother of four and a mental health carer, ‘So U think I’m CraZy’ is described as ‘a powerful therapeutic…