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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…

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

This year’s Hackney Youth Parliament election saw a record turnout as 24 11-19 year olds were elected to represent their borough. The elected representatives were announced on Wednesday, October 15 at the Forest Road Young Hackney Centre, and around 100 children turned up to hear the results. A 47 per cent…

New Young Mayor of Lewisham elected

New Young Mayor of Lewisham elected

Liam Islam became the eleventh directly elected Young Mayor of Lewisham in a special ceremony at Catford’s Civic Suite last night. Islam, 14, who attends Deptford Green School, won with 1,210 votes as 28 candidates campaigned to become the voice of the borough’s youth. Speaking to EastLondonLines, he said: “My…

Tower Hamlets extends Your Borough, Your Voice

Tower Hamlets extends Your Borough, Your Voice

The “Your Borough, Your Voice” campaign allows Tower Hamlets residents to nominate the services they value most, by voicing their opinions on numerous savings proposals. Tower Hamlets council is extending the deadline for residents to share their views on services spending in a major public consultation. Public feedback will help inform council spending decisions…

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…

28 Lewisham youth candidates in race to be the next young mayor of the Borough

28 Lewisham youth candidates in race to be the next young mayor of the Borough

The race is on for the next Young Mayor of Lewisham as 28 candidates campaign to become the voice of the borough’s youth. The winning candidate will be responsible for a budget of £30,000 that can be spent on services dedicated to the younger generation, and will also assist Mayor…

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

A Tower Hamlets pressure group will lead a demonstration outside the town hall this evening, to draw attention to the plight of private tenants in the borough. Tower Hamlets Renters will be protesting to put pressure on the council, in the hope that the local authority will take action against…

Tony Benn’s granddaughter in bid to be Croydon South MP

Tony Benn’s granddaughter in bid to be Croydon South MP

Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony Benn, the late darling of the Labour left, has been selected to stand as the party’s candidate for Croydon South in the general election next year. Benn, 24 of Norbury, is “delighted and honoured” to be Labour’s candidate, and, if elected, would become the fifth generation…

Tower Hamlets moves into unknown territory after delayed by election leads to hung council

Tower Hamlets moves into unknown territory after delayed by election leads to hung council

No political party in Tower Hamlets Council has overall control after Thursday night’s by-election for Blackwall and Cubitt Town, where Labour won two seats and Conservatives one. Out of the 21 candidates competing for the three ward seats, Christopher James Chapman (Conservative), Dave Chesterton (Labour) and Candida Ronald (Labour) will…

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