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High in the branches there is an increasingly omnipresent feature; exacerbated by windy days and more visible amongst bare winter twigs, plastic bags seem to have proliferated in the city canopy, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

A motion passed by Labour members at the Hackney North constituency meeting last night has sparked a backlash by calling on the party's national executive to reject accusations it is institutionally racist.

Unions have pulled out of an independent investigation into allegations of bullying, racism and harassment at Hackney Council - accusing town hall chiefs of "consistently undermining the process".

Members of the Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour party have voted "overwhelmingly" to support unions' campaign against the council's sacking of a shop steward.

The Hackney Labour party will work with a top housing charity to demand the government abolishes "no-fault" evictions of private sector tenants.

This statement was submitted by the Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour Party and we reproduce it here in full.

Unions' campaign to stamp out an alleged culture of bullying and racism at the town hall has won the backing of Labour members in one Hackney ward.

Autumn is coming to a close, slowly whimpering its way towards winter as the last of Hackney's trees lose their leaves to curbside clumps of faded oranges, yellows and browns, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

His name was Callum, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

On Sunday I set out on a reconnaissance mission, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Arches traders in Hackney have reacted to Network Rail's announcement today that it has agreed to sell the estate for £1.46bn to two real estate firms.

I couldn't help mixed feelings on hearing about the Dalston hit and run last week that has left a pedestrian with critical injuries after a collision with a cyclist on an e-bike, writes Kevin O'Sullivan, principal solicitor, Cycle Legal Solicitors, Stoke Newington.

London is one of the safest cities in the world, but it is unacceptable that women are still subjected to startling rates of sexual harassment and assault in the night time economy, writes Jennette Arnold OBE AM.

Public confidence in the Police Complaints Authority and then the Independent Police Complaints Commission was undermined by their lack of resources to employ enough people, of whom too many were ex-policemen with inevitable loyalty to their former colleagues, write Mary Pimm and Nik Wood, Gore Road, Hackney.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville has written to transport minister Jo Johnson asking him to clear up his position on the Network Rail arches sale.

Traders fighting the imminent sale of Network Rail's arches have laid out their demands to transport minister Jo Johnson following the successful meeting with him last month.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville says the council would be interested in buying the borough's Network Rail arches if a planned fire sale can be stopped, the Gazette can reveal.

The High Court has told Camden Council it must pay at least £68,000 in legal fees after senior coroner Mary Hassell lost a court battle over how she treats deaths in Hackney, Islington, Camden and Tower Hamlets.

What's the difference between abs and core? writes Matt Smith, personal trainer, Dalston.

Labour party members have commissioned a huge pot and planted a red rose bush in it as a gift for long-standing councillor Geoff Taylor, who has stepped down after 16 years' service.

So you've been training got the big day, it's been, you had a great time writes Dalston PT Matt Smith, Fitness First.

The Lib Dems in Hackney are coming to terms with the local election's "bittersweet" results, which saw their colleagues across the country make significant gains - but saw them completely wiped off the map here.

Senior editors from across the regional newspaper industry have joined forces to urge MPs to vote against press freedom curbs in the Data Protection Bill today.

Labour councillors retained their stronghold of Hackney and utterly wiped out the Lib Dems, despite early fears from some in the party it might all go pear shaped.

After the gales of the last week tore through the streets, on Wednesday morning spring arrived for a second time as a blackbird and a robin fought to sing loudest outside my window, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Mayoral candidates clashed with each other - and the audience - over issues like women's rights, "selling off the family silver", and car ownership at the Gazette's hustings last night.

Vernon Williams tells Emma Bartholomew how his education began after he left school - and why he's the only independent mayoral candidate on next week's Hackney Council ballot papers

Jeremy Corbyn's favourite restaurant has opened a branch in Stoke Newington Church Street.

Momentum activists could have a significant impact on the doorsteps of north London ahead of May's election. The Gazette asked activists from four north London boroughs how socialism is bedding in.

Hackney Labour has launched its manifesto ahead of next month's council election, saying it is for "those who still feel excluded" and are worried about changes in the borough.

The increased parking in Prout, Casimir, Cleveleys and Gunton roads has made life for residents a misery since CPZs were introduced in neighbouring roads last year, writes Elaine Radburn, Upper Clapton.

Spring's first feelers arrived in the city over the weekend, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Darren Osborne, the man accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack, had corresponded with far-right activist Jayda Fransen, a court heard.

Former Hackney councillor, activist and "great bloke" Cam Matheson has died at 75.

Hackney Council has seen a backlash within the Labour Party over plans to increase council tax contributions for some of the borough's poorest people.

The evenings arrive at my window intimidatingly early, reminding me I've barely managed to see daylight today, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Former councillor and speaker of Hackney Abdul Gafoor Mulla has died at 79, writes his colleague and friend Cllr Ian Rathbone.

Spider season - the slightest chill in the air and they come swarming indoors to enjoy our home comforts, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

The Cats of Cloudesley Square sees a group of felines go up against a property developer to save the church they live in

It's all shrivelled buddleias and heavy rain clouds this week - muggy disappointment with summer's failure to fulfil its spring promise, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

The refurbished town hall contains a corridor hung with more than a hundred photographs. They show Hackney's mayors and speakers since 1900. Guided by the head of the modern-day mayor's office Abbas Panjwani hears some of the best - and strangest - stories that lie behind Hackney's civic chains.

Four homes, four landlords and four completely different experiences - in my 15 years living as a renter in the borough I've experienced first-hand the good, the bad and the ugly of Hackney's private rented sector, writes Cllr Sem Moema, mayor's adviser for private renting and affordability.

I saw the article in the Gazette about Landmark Heights in connection with the decision to delay putting cladding on it as a result of the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower, writes Pat Turnbull, full address supplied.

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.

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