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Tory struggle in Croydon Central as UKIP advance

Tory struggle in Croydon Central as UKIP advance

Following their dramatic victory in Rochester last Thursday, UKIP could well define voter intentions in key marginals such as Croydon Central come next May. A recent poll, conducted by Lord Ashcroft earlier this month, has shown Croydon Central, host of UKIP’s “Carnival of Colours” last summer, to be one of…

Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

  The prize for Planning Policy Team of the Year went to Croydon Council at a national award ceremony last night. The spatial planning team was praised by judges at the 2014 Planning Awards for its work with private investors and its emphasis on “delivery”. The plan that impressed the…

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

A Hackney councillor failed to manage a “conflict of interest” between a charity and his estate agency, a Charity Commission report has found. A homeless man was referred from Michael Desmond’s charity, House the Homeless, to estate agency On the House, also owned by the councillor. Desmond, the former speaker…

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

Thousands of students, including many from East London, protested against tuition fees, cuts and debt in education in a march through the capital that culminated in nearly a dozen arrests. 11 protestors had been arrested by the end of the day, all are still in police custody awaiting questioning. Currently no protestor…

Rahman labels Pickles Council intervention “excessive”

Rahman labels Pickles Council intervention “excessive”

The controversial Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman  has attacked plans by the Government to send commissioners into the council  as “excessive and disproportionate” Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government is expected to send in commissioners to take over aspects of Tower Hamlets Council’s management…

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

A campaign to combat violence against women was adopted by Croydon Council last night. The year-long White Ribbon initiative will start with 16 days of campaigning from November 25 to December 10. Croydon Council opted into the campaign, which aims to mobilise men in the fight against gender-based violence, at…

Livingstone and Galloway rail against “witch hunt” of Mayor Rahman at Whitechapel rally

Livingstone and Galloway rail against “witch hunt” of Mayor Rahman at Whitechapel rally

Senior political figures George Galloway MP and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone last night spoke out in defence of controversial Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman. Around 1,000 people attended a rally arranged by Organisation for Democracy and Freedom at The Waterlily in Whitechapel. The event involved a number of…

Government crackdown on “illegal immigrants” draws criticism from human rights groups

Government crackdown on “illegal immigrants” draws criticism from human rights groups

Immigration officials in Tower Hamlets have been criticised by campaign groups for ‘intimidating’ employers into allowing them to search premises without warrants. Right to Remain, a group which backs immigrants, says that officials are persuading market stallholders and other employers into signing consent forms which will allow them to access…

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has come under intense scrutiny after an investigation into Tower Hamlets Council ordered by the local government minister, Eric Pickles, which found fault with its financial management. As the Government sends in commissioners to oversee grant-giving, property deals and electoral administration, Eastlondonlines took to the streets to…

Rahman will not resign despite calls from Labour

Rahman will not resign despite calls from Labour

Lutfur Rahman has said that he will not consider resigning as Mayor of Tower Hamlets, despite suggestions from the Labour party that he should step down. The controversial Mayor defended himself after Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, accused Tower Hamlets Council of displaying a…

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