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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Phil Glanville wants to hear from you about the issues that matter to you the most at the first ever Hackney Mayor’s Question Time.

Three people were convicted of money laundering after prosecutions from the town hall’s fraud team.

Protesters against ‘Brexit’ from all over east London join tomorrow’s ‘People’s March for Europe’ and mass rally in Westminster.

People who get help paying their council tax could see their bill rise by almost £100 under new plans from the cash-strapped town hall.

Neighbours of the Geffrye Museum have objected to money-making plans to serve booze in its grounds and Grade I-listed building every day – and say a licence should not be granted if London’s inaugural “rosé festival” was anything to go by.

Rashan Charles’ family today said they had “concerns about openness and transparency” over the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s investigation into their son’s death.

“Here in Hackney, you can easily go from 16 to prison. But by coming here, you allow the kids to have positivity. You can show them the success and give them an opportunity.”

An object removed from the throat of Rashan Charles after a police chase in Dalston “did not contain a controlled substance”, according to forensic analysis.

The town hall has been told to cough up £20,000 for a vulnerable woman’s care home fees after an investigation found it dragged its heels assessing her needs.

A floating church could be coming to a parish near you with plans being unveiled for canal boat worship on the Lea River next to the Olympic Park.

All 143 of Hackney’s letting agents will today be urged by the town hall to scrap the eye-watering agency fees many charge tenants just for signing contracts.

Shoreditch police station could face the axe amid £400million cost-cutting plans for the Met.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott was honoured at an “Abbott appreciation night” to commemorate her 30 years in Parliament.

Left-wingers loyal to Jeremy Corbyn swept the board at last night’s Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour Party AGM, clearing aside the centrists who have dominated the party’s local top table in recent years.

Posters featuring hammers and sickles which looked as though they had been drawn by youngsters were displayed in the doors of a primary school used as a polling station.

Hackney’s disappointed Lib Dem parliamentary candidates believe they fell victim to tactical voting as people were urged to “vote Labour to keep the Tories out”.

A fundraising page to buy a “care package” for Hackney MP Diane Abbott has bagged nearly £5,000 – most of which will now be given to charity.

Mete Coban has been working to engage young people in politics for years and is delighted with Thursday’s record turnout – but insists he “knew it was coming”.

Meg Hillier has held Hackney South and Shoreditch with a sensational 43,974 votes – 79 per cent of the votes cast and up from 30,633 in 2015.

Diane Abbott has held Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a sensational 42,265 votes – more than 35,000 clear of her nearest challenger.

Hackney MPs Diane Abbott and Meg Hillier have retained their seats with a landslide – upping their majorities from 2015 by more than 10,000 votes.

After seven weeks of campaigning, the election results for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Hackney South and Shoreditch will be announced in the early hours.

Political parties have targeted people in Hackney more than 200 times in the last six weeks using Facebook “dark adverts” to try and influence votes.

Diane Abbott is still standing in tomorrow’s General Election despite being replaced as shadow home secretary because she is unwell.

One of the top five schools in the country for pupil progress is shortening its days because of funding cuts.

As voters prepare for June 8, here’s a guide to what happens when the polling ends.

Cllr Soraya Adejare will represent Hackney at hundreds of community events in the next 12 months. She told Thomas Nugent how growing up in an unequal Hackney shaped her politics.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington candidates locked horns at a packed hustings to debate the unprecedented challenges currently being faced by schools.

Dalston councillor Soraya Adejare has been named Hackney’s new speaker – the ceremonial figurehead who will attend hundreds of community events over the year.

Candidates for Hackney South and Shoreditch pitted their wits against each other at a General Election hustings last night.

Hackney South and Shoreditch candidates will take questions from constituents tonight at a General Election hustings.

A radical church in Newington Green has denounced “racist” graffiti on its Black Lives Matter banner – after the offender crossed out “black” and replaced it with “all”.

The final list of nominations for next months’ general election has been published by Hackney Council.

Amy Gray will be standing as a Tory candidate in Hackney North and Stoke Newington again, and has vowed to work with Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver “a Brexit which works for Hackney” if she is elected.

The Green Party has announced its General Election candidates for Hackney – who are vowing to stand up to the political establishment.

A firm that staffs an emergency helpline for disabled and elderly people in Hackney has not paid staff on time and can’t afford to put toilet roll in their office, workers claim.

Diane Abbott has said Theresa May’s “lacklustre” Brexit strategy will help Labour oust the Tories in next month’s General Election.

Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Brexit could cost the Labour party seats in Hackney, according to the Liberal Democrats.

Meg Hillier has urged Jeremy Corbyn to clear up his stance on Brexit to avoid a backlash from voters.

Politicians, businesses and neighbours met on the fringe of Finsbury Park on Saturday for a five-hour discussion about the area’s redevelopment. The Gazette was there for all of it.

Hackney Council wants to splash out £36million on a 148-room hostel in Seven Sisters Road so it can stop housing homeless people outside the borough.

Artist Dale Grimshaw talks to Zoe Paskett about his exhibition raising awareness for the situation in West Papua

Parents at two Hackney primary schools will be fined for dropping off their children by car.

Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier said today’s apparent terrorist attack in Westminster is a “horrible reminder” nine months after Jo Cox’s murder.

Hackney Council would support a blanket ban on diesel vehicles in order to tackle toxic air pollution in the borough, the town hall’s transport lead has said.

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