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David Wood secures Selhurst by-election win for Labour

David Wood secures Selhurst by-election win for Labour

Labour say they are “looking good” after their comfortable Croydon council by-election win in Selhurst Ward last week, despite only 1 in 5 residents turning up to polling day. Newly-elected David Wood, 42, retained the seat for Labour after the death of Councillor Gerry Ryan in January, polling 1,517 votes.…

New speed limit proposal to be discussed in meeting

New speed limit proposal to be discussed in meeting

The proposed 20 mph speed limit for residential roads in Croydon will only go ahead if local residents agree to the plans. A council meeting planned for March 16 will call people living in Croydon to give feedback on the planned changes. Councillor Kathy Bee, Croydon cabinet member for transport and…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman denies allegations of “unfairly” handing out grants on biased terms

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman denies allegations of “unfairly” handing out grants on biased terms

An aide to Mayor Lutfur Rahman has said he strongly disagrees with the allegations that the Mayor unfairly handed out grants. Mayor Rahman’s election agent and Tower Hamlets cabinet member Councillor Alibor Choudhury said he strongly disagrees with the allegations that the council gave grants on biased terms. “There was…

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

A panel of local experts will be holding a Question Time-style debate to discuss Hackney’s future. The council have organised the debate to allow Hackney residents to voice their concerns and ask questions about the boroughs future. The “State of the Borough” debate is being held at City Academy to launch a…

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has told a judge this week that the Labour Party bears “hallmarks of institutional racism”. Mayor Lutfur Rahman is currently on trial at Election Court in the Royal Courts of Justice over accusations of election fraud but denies any wrongdoing. In a written witness statement to…

Opposition mounts to £85m Lewisham Council cuts

Opposition mounts to £85m Lewisham Council cuts

Opposition is mounting from both local residents and anti-austerity groups against the “devastating” £85 million worth of budget cuts planned by Lewisham Council Among the cuts being planned are significant changes to key services for children and the disabled, which were criticised at Wednesday night’s meeting of the council cabinet.…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Council have revealed plans to transform Whitechapel’s historic Royal London Hospital into a new ‘civic hub’ for the borough. The council purchased the hospital site for £9 million in a deal announced last week. The building has been empty for two years following the construction of a new…

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

Deng Yan San has been elected the seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets. The Young Mayor is elected every two years and represents the 11-18 year-olds across the borough. After the result was announced yesterday, San said: “Our team will hit the ground running and we will help this borough shine……

Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour

Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour

  Conservative MP for Croydon Central,  Gavin Barwell, is on course to lose his seat at the next election, according to a YouGov/Evening Standard poll. According to the poll, support for Labour in London has risen and the party is expected to win eight of its London target seats in…

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Tower Hamlets Council has agreed to consider a local petition demanding G4S be disqualified from future contracts in the borough. A coalition of organisations gathered in front of the council building with a petition signed by nearly 2,000 people. They chanted slogans in support of Palestine accusing G4S of: “far…

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