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PHILIP GLANVILLE

Thousands of Hackney council houses bought by tenants since 2000 have since been sold privately, making homeowners hundreds of millions of pounds in profit.

The shock waves are still reverberating around the world at the terrible murders that took place in Christchurch New Zealand last Friday.

A heated exchange enlivened the Town Hall chamber this week as Hackney Council's budget for 2019-2020 was debated, with Labour accusing the Tory's criticisms of conjuring feelings of "groundhog day".

Hackney Council is investigating how the huge metal underside of one of the balconies fell from the second floor of the ill-fated Bridport House development, two years after concerns were flagged up about them.

Hackney councillors received no training in bullying and harassment in 2018 because none of them booked a place on the course - which was scrapped as a result.

Do you know an unsung hero whose achievements are helping make Hackney a better place to live, study or work? If so then Hackney Council wants to hear about them.

Families have been personally welcomed into new council flats by Hackney mayor Philip Glanville.

The Green Party staged a demo outside a council consultation about the future of Dalston on Tuesday night, urging them to "get tough on developers".

Members of all faiths and none coalesced as one Hackney community to mark the centenary of the First World War armistice on Sunday. Veterans, politicians and camouflage-clad soldiers congregated at the Town Hall, before marching to St John at Hackney Church, where wreaths were laid at the memorial.

Hackney Council has urged Transport for London to scrap a series of "unacceptable" cuts to bus services that would see the 48 shelved completely and several others scaled back.

Sucked dry and exhausted by the sun, Hackney's flora are wilting, waiting for rain, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

This week has been a bit plastic fantastic for me with the release of my new book, How to Give Up Plastic, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

A display in Hackney town hall's newly refurbished vaults will shed light on the building's 1930s origins, and the amazing relics unearthed during its £16m revamp. Emma Bartholomew speaks to curator Jacoba Mijnssen about democracy, regalia, and the mysterious cleaning unit uncovered by workers

Three remarkable women in Hackney have been honoured at the third annual I Love Hackney Mayor's Civic Awards.

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.

Lib Dems in Hackney have come up with a strategy to tackle violent crime at its roots, by ploughing £1.5million a year into an innovative unit to treat the causes of the current deadly epidemic.

The Hackney Gazette will co-host a hustings for prospective Mayoral candidates ahead of next month's local elections.

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 progress of a bid to make Fish Island and Hackney Wick a protected area for artists and creative businesses has been welcomed by the mayors of Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

Some 200 young people from all over London showed off their "unbelievable" singing and dancing at a talent show at the Hackney Empire, organised to break down postcode barriers.

Council tax is set to rise by 3 per cent from next month if town hall chiefs give the go-ahead on Wednesday.

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

Crowds braved the cold weather at the Woodberry Down Winterfest to hear carols and tuck into a Caribbean Christmas feast.

Young people were rewarded for their achievements in arts and culture, sports and overcoming adversity at the second annual Hackney Youth Awards.

It's National Tree Week, and to mark the occasion we received the fantastic news that Hackney Council has been awarded a grant from City Hall to plant nearly 200 trees across the borough, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

I was impressed to see Phil Glanville taking a public HIV test as a means of confronting the stigma around the illness.

Phil Glanville marked World AIDS Day by taking a HIV test in front of the cameras - in the hope of spreading a lifesaving message.

Hackney Council has rubber stamped a plan to refurbish and redevelop the Haggerston Baths building into shops, community spaces and offices.

A major project is aiming to improve opportunities for Hackney's young black men and tackle the inequality they still face.

Graveyards are a regular feature of this column, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

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.

I am 33-year-old man with learning disabilities, writes Joseph Greene, volunteer, Rio Cinema.

Since Sir John Betjeman helped found The Hackney Society in 1967, two years after a major re-draw of the metropolitan boundaries, one might well say a lot of progress has been made in improving the borough as a place to live and work, writes Nick Perry, chairman, Hackney Society.

Two young squirrels, stunned after a tumble, provided the week's excitement, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

The Hackney Society was born 50 years ago to preserve the borough's history. But a hefty book marking its half-century proves there's more to heritage than old buildings. Emma Bartholomew, one of the tome's authors, reports on its launch.

Phil Glanville put himself in the firing line for the first ever Hackney Mayor's Question Time on Monday night, giving residents the opportunity to "grill Phil" - and admitted on several occasions the council had "got it completely wrong".

The government needs to have greater transparency if it plans to improve the funding picture for schools across Hackney, according to the borough's deputy mayor.

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.

I would like to express our disgust and distress at the proposed "lock in" Tesco in Morning Lane, Hackney, is proposing to host writes Emma Dalmayne, CEO, Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM).

Cladding similar to Grenfell Tower has been discovered at a block on the Woodberry Down Estate and will be removed immediately as a precaution.

Some 25 firms signed up to a new LGBTQI+ friendly business network at its inaugural meeting, with many more expected to join in the coming year.

Plans to re-clad a Lower Clapton tower block have been shelved following the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze that left more than 100 dead, missing or injured.

Some 70 Hackney community groups are coming together to honour the vision of Jo Cox at Hackney Community College tomorrow as part of the national Great Get Together in her memory.

A rainbow flag will fly over Hackney Town Hall from next month to mark the launch of a year-long gay pride celebration.

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