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Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

A senior A&E consultant who campaigned to save Lewisham Hospital has announced that he is running for the European elections next month. Dr Chidi Ejimofo, a consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital, is the latest NHS employee to announce his candidacy for the National Health Action (NHA) Party. Ejimofo, who lives…

The future of welfare reform in ELL boroughs: how will the changes affect the average claimant household

The future of welfare reform in ELL boroughs: how will the changes affect the average claimant household

On the first birthday of the Welfare Reform Bill, there is very little to cheer about for the nearly 200,00 benefit claimants across EastLondonLines’ four boroughs. In April last year, the coalition government introduced a piece of legislation which would change the lives of many of our ELL residents. The…

Lutfur Rahman accuses BBC of “right-wing propaganda”

Lutfur Rahman accuses BBC of “right-wing propaganda”

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has accused the BBC of “right-wing propaganda” following a Panorama investigation broadcast last night The programme claimed that the Mayor had: “more than doubled” funding to certain charities, with opponents suggesting he may have done so in return for support at the ballot…

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

CCTV ‘spy’ cameras aimed at catching and fining motorists who commit traffic violations could be banned across the UK in the coming month. Last year alone, motorists in Croydon received almost 108,500 penalty charge notices (PCNs), with Hackney receiving 104,832, Lewisham 62,636, and Tower Hamlets 117,002. Eric Pickles, Secretary of…

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Scotland Yard detectives have been called in to investigate claims that ‘bogus workers’ have been canvassing Tower Hamlets residents in the run up to the mayoral election this coming May. It is alleged that people believed to be supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, the current Independent Party representative for Tower…

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

A number of schools across the East London Lines boroughs will be closed today, as teachers support a nation-wide strike in reaction to a bitter row over pay and working conditions. The one-day walkout has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), despite the Department for Education (DfE) warning that…

Hackney & Tower Hamlets bring High Court challenge against Boris Johnson to protect affordable rent

Hackney & Tower Hamlets bring High Court challenge against Boris Johnson to protect affordable rent

Hackney and Tower Hamlets have joined seven other London boroughs in bringing a High Court challenge against London Mayor Boris Johnson in an attempt to protect affordable rents for local people. The councils joined Brent, Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Islington, Lambeth and Southwark to challenge the Mayor’s Revised Early Minor Alterations…

People Before Profit to contest Convoys Wharf plans

People Before Profit to contest Convoys Wharf plans

Lewisham People Before Profit will be calling for changes in the Convoys Wharf regeneration plan during London Mayor Boris Johnson’s representation hearing at the end of the month. The hearing is scheduled for March 31 and is likely to be the decisive hearing on the future of the former Deptford…

Local campaigners prepare for anti-racism rally

Local campaigners prepare for anti-racism rally

Lewisham residents gathered today for an anti-racism rally ahead of a planned day of action in Trafalgar Square next Saturday. Members of the Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group and local residents visited Lewisham College, Goldsmiths University and Brockley and Lewisham stations speaking with the public and handing out flyers. The campaign…

Croydon £25 rebate debate: “Desperate election bribe”?

Croydon £25 rebate debate: “Desperate election bribe”?

Croydon council’s decision to award residents a £25 rebate has described as a “desperate election bribe” by their political rivals. Croydon Conservatives passed a new budget on Monday, which froze the council tax and guaranteed two weeks of rent relief for council tenants. They also committed to a rebate for…

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