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MEG HILLIER

Not one councillor turned up to a public meeting held by unions accusing the town hall of having a culture of bullying, racism and harassment.

A child burn survivor who founded a charity to help people live with scarring and disfigurements has been praised by the Prime Minister for her “tireless campaigning”.

Unions say there is a “culture of bullying, harassment and racism” at Hackney Council and one has threatened possible strike action unless there is a full independent investigation.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville has written to the prospective new owners of the Network Rail arches hoping to discuss their “tenants first” approach.

Police are cracking down on gang members who face prison for their involvement in lucrative drug empires, but as Emma Bartholomew discovers it’s a harder task controlling the violence as videos on social media fuel gang on gang hatred

Young people belted out songs from Chicago, Dream Girls and the Greatest Showman and danced their hearts out to hits like Pinball Wizard at a variety performance at the Hackney Empire on Saturday night.

Parishioners joined faith and civic leaders on a canal barge yesterday to get the Bishop of Stepney’s official blessing for their new Hackney Wick community.

The proposed new boundaries for Hackney’s constituencies are unchanged, after the final recommendations were published by the Boundary Commission this morning.

Campaigners from Hackney Green Party have accused MP Meg Hillier of “recklessness”, by voting to back a controversial third runway at Heathrow.

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.

London Fields arches traders took their fight against Network Rail to Parliament last night and won the backing of top Labour MPs, including leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Arches traders from London Fields will lead a group of businesses from across the country at a meeting in Parliament tonight to stop Network Rail selling off their businesses.

Sadiq Khan praised the good will between Hackney’s religious communities at a meal to break his Ramadan fast at the Aziziye Mosque.

BSix college has allegedly been “browbeaten” by the government into selling its sports hall to a free school instead of a housing association.

It is outrageous to see BSix denied more than £2million, and Hackney denied more affordable housing, thanks to what looks very much like bullying by the Department for Education.

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.

MPs in London have asked for a meeting with Theresa May over the spike in violence that has seen more than 50 people killed in the capital this year – six in Hackney.

The horror stories include cancer patients being forced to forgo treatment and terminally ill people being cared for by untrained hostel staff. As a landmark study reveals a health crisis in hostels, Hackney GP Dr Claire Davies talks to Emma Youle

Rail bosses driving long-established traders out of Hackney with eye-watering rent hikes will be held to account, Meg Hillier has vowed.

Dejected traders in Hackney’s arches are packing up and leaving after admitting defeat in their battle over crippling rent hikes from Network Rail.

A Hackney woman who was drugged and raped has raised more than £22,000 to fund a private prosecution after the CPS dropped her case over a lack of evidence.

Hundreds of people turned out in Hackney yesterday morning to remember those who gave their lives fighting for our country.

Plans to rip up and redraw Hackney’s electoral constituencies have remained untouched in the Boundary Commission’s latest report, despite “susbtantial opposition” from people in the borough – and the town hall itself.

It’s great to read about William Hone’s historic victory for press freedom in our heritage feature this week.

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



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