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#ELLGE2015 Tower Hamlets: what you need to know

#ELLGE2015 Tower Hamlets: what you need to know

Search for your polling station: The Tower Hamlets results are expected to be declared at 5am tomorrow morning. The 74 Tower Hamlets polling stations opened at 7am today and will remain open until 10pm. In Bethnal Green and Bow, incumbent MP Rushanara Ali of the Labour Party was elected with a…

Celebrity jumble sale to raise funds for Oxfam

Celebrity jumble sale to raise funds for Oxfam

The Rumble in the Jumble sale returns for its fourth year with clothes donated by celebrities including Noel Gallagher, Florence Welch and Blur. This year’s event will be held on Saturday May 9 at the Oval Space in east London. Stallholders will be offering celebrity clobber and signed merchandises at bargain…

Green Party launches BME manifesto

Green Party launches BME manifesto

  Less than a week before polling day, the Green Party has introduced its ethnic minority manifesto in a bid to win last-minute favour with this growing segment of the population. Deputy leader Shahrar Ali unveiled his party’s plans on Sunday afternoon in the heart of London’s biggest Bangladeshi community…

Scotland Yard to review Rahman judgment

Scotland Yard to review Rahman judgment

The Metropolitan Police is reviewing the 200-page judgment of the Electoral Court to determine if there are grounds for a criminal inquiry into the affairs of former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman. They have appointed a detective superintendent from the homicide and major crime unit to lead the review. It…

Councillors lead push to save school special needs unit

Councillors lead push to save school special needs unit

Labour councillors have urged a school to reconsider its decision to close its sixth form special educational needs unit, which has left 21 students in the dark over the future of their education. The Cambridge Heath Sixth Form Special Educational Needs (SEN) Unit has been facing closure since March this…

New Tower Hamlets mayoral candidate announced

New Tower Hamlets mayoral candidate announced

  The ex-mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has announced the next Tower Hamlets First mayoral candidate. Rabina Khan will stand for mayor in the election in June, following the dismissal of Rahman after he was found guilty of electoral fraud and bribery in last year’s election. Khan’s campaign was…

Tower Hamlets acting mayor steps down

Tower Hamlets acting mayor steps down

The acting mayor of Tower Hamlets, Oliur Rahman, has stepped down this afternoon due to a conflict of interest. Rahman took the position following the dismissal of Lutfur Rahman (no relation) last week, after he was found guilty of electoral fraud and bribery during the mayoral election in 2014. His…

Ex-Tower Hamlets mayor to speak at public event

Ex-Tower Hamlets mayor to speak at public event

The ex-mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, will speak in public for the first time on Thursday since being found guilty of electoral fraud last week. The event, Defend Democracy in Tower Hamlets, will be held in Whitechapel and is an opportunity for Mr Rahman and his supporters to speak…

Kebab anyone? Turkish food boom hits Tower Hamlets

Kebab anyone? Turkish food boom hits Tower Hamlets

Turkish food is having a moment. We’re seeing more and more Turkish tavernas, kebab joints and street carts popping up across London’s high streets. It is now one of the top four cuisines in Tower Hamlets, surpassed only by British favourites Indian, Italian and Chinese. There are almost a third…

ELL #migrantmunchies: Celebrating Turkish cuisine

Wake up, Britain – Turkish food is not just about kebabs and hummus! Efes Restaurant serves up no-frills Turkish cuisine, its menu filled with delicious grilled plates, traditional stews and soups and Turkish “pizzas”, known as pide. Founded by chef Kazim Usta in 1975, the restaurant is named after the historical city of Ephesus in […]