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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…

Thousands to line the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets today as the Tour de France comes to London

Thousands to line the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets today as the Tour de France comes to London

Many thousands of local people are expected to line the streets of  Hackney and Tower Hamlets today to welcome the world’s cycling elite and the 101st Tour de France as it passes through London. Today the two boroughs will form parts of the final 96-mile third stage of the three-days…

Electoral watchdog report condemns planning for Tower Hamlets local election count as ‘inadequate’

Electoral watchdog report condemns planning for Tower Hamlets local election count as ‘inadequate’

Planning by Tower Hamlets for the voting count in the recent local elections i=was ‘inadequate’ according to an Electoral Commission Review. The review, published yesterday, examined the count for the Local and European Elections that only concluded five days after voting on May 22. It concluded there was ‘inadequate resource…

School governors face removal over lowest ever SATs

School governors face removal over lowest ever SATs

A Tower Hamlets primary school could have the entire governing body removed tomorrow after they achieved the lowest ever  SATs results in the borough. Just 40 per cent of pupils at Kobi Nazrul School in Whitechapel achieved a level 4 or above in English and Maths in the 2013 SATS.…

Colleges in Tower Hamlets suspended amid Home Office crackdown on visa fraud

Colleges in Tower Hamlets suspended amid Home Office crackdown on visa fraud

Eight colleges in Tower Hamlets are being investigated so far by the Home Office amid claims that foreign students are cheating in English language tests to extend their UK visas. Since 2011, applicants for UK Tier 4 student visas have been required to pass an English test before they can…

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

A new Macbeth production brings Shakespeare’s tragedy to east London this summer, as the 12-hour overnight show takes over three disused floors of the Balfron Tower in Poplar, from tonight until August 16. This site specific play is a project by theatre company Rift – formerly RETZ, who staged a similarly immersive production of…

New claims over Tower Hamlets mayoral election

New claims over Tower Hamlets mayoral election

Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has insisted there was no wrongdoing during last months elections, after it was confirmed that the police inquiry into the voting has broadened to include claims of fake candidates. The Sunday Telegraph said that at least two candidates standing for the Mayor’s Tower…

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…

Bow woman wins Cockney rhyming slang competition

Bow woman wins Cockney rhyming slang competition

A woman from Bow has won a Cockney Rhyming Slang competition at Roman Road Market last Saturday. Winner June Bishop beat the other contestants with her 30-second monologue ‘in the lingo’. The event was organised by photography student Anne Clement, from the University of Westminster, to raise money in aid…

South Poplar to be a site in new £400m housing scheme

South Poplar to be a site in new £400m housing scheme

South Poplar, Tower Hamlets, has been marked as one of twenty sites across London in a new £400m housing scheme set to create 50,000 homes on brownfield land, areas previously used for industrial or commercial purposes. The scheme was launched at Meridian Water, an 85 hectare former industrial site in…