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MEG HILLIER

When I was growing up, I went to youth club to play football, have a go at table tennis and spend my pennies at the tuck shop.

A brass band playing a Beatles medley greeted visitors to the De Beauvoir Association’s 13th annual Party in the Park.

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.

Long, light evenings are making up for the cold and windy snap we had last week, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

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”.

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.

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.

As I’m writing this, campaigning for the General Election has been suspended in the wake of Monday night’s atrocity in Manchester.

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

I caught my first sniff of summer on Monday, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

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

Stoke Newington’s one-way system is a step closer to being ripped up and Seven Sisters Road will be made safer for cyclists and pedestrians – one day.

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.

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.

London’s so-called “night Czar” met medics at Homerton Hospital and fire fighters at Shoreditch Fire Station on her first ever “night surgery” in Hackney.

Boxing coach Brian O’Shaughnessy was starting to see a real positive change in the kids at his gym before the club was priced out of its Hackney Downs railway arch.

Hackney’s independent traders joined business experts at a campaign summit this morning to discuss the crippling impact of the government’s planned business rate increase.

Pressure is mounting on Diane Abbott to follow the will of her constituents this evening and vote against Brexit – defying a three-line whip from the Labour Party.

In the final part of our special Hidden Homeless investigation, EMMA YOULE asks what radical new ideas are necessary to solve the housing crisis in Hackney. The answer, time and again, is: ‘We need to build more homes’

Kipping on the steps of the Empire, sleeping in the porches of St John at Hackney, surviving under the arches in Morning Lane, sofa surfing, the homeless and vulnerable are on the increase in our so-called sophisticated society, writes Cllr Ian Rathbone.

Approaching 8,000 people in Diane Abbott’s Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency have backed a petition urging the government not to let US president Donald Trump visit the Queen.

In the second part of the Gazette’s Hidden Homeless spotlight, Emma Youle goes behind closed doors at two hostels to find out what Hackney’s temporary accommodation is like for those stuck living there

Hackney Council has been given £36,000 – 5 per cent of the cost of a single house – to solve the borough’s housing crisis.

The Vortex Jazz Club and Vortex Foundation are proud to announce the launch of In the Changes (see p3), writes Cameron Reynolds, Vortex Foundation, Dalston.



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