This week 30 years ago: Margaret Hodge hauls down Labour’s red flag from Islington Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 08:05 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 25 September 2017

Islington Gazette: September 25, 1987

Islington Gazette: September 25, 1987


Labour’s red flag, which had flown over Islington Town Hall for five years, was dropped by council leader Margaret Hodge.

The party’s left-wing councillors ordered it to be flown when they gained control of the authority and elected Mrs Hodge leader.

But she said: “The days of flying banners from town hall windows and hoisting up red flags on the roof are over.”

Mrs Hodge said lefty Labour councils like Islington had become unpopular with voters – and that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had used this to her advantage in elections.

Meanwhile, organisers of a charity appeal to raise £20,000 for sick children at St Bartholomew’s told Islington’s big businesses: “You’re a mean bunch of skinflints.”

Firemen from Upper Street fire station raised £14,000. But one of the organisers, who was helping the crews, said: “People in the streets and small businesses dug deep and we’re very grateful. But it’s the big businesses that have let us down.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

Fri, 17:42

The town hall wants the government to pay for fire safety measures after a committee called for sprinklers to be fitted in all high-rises – something that could cost up to £97million.

Fri, 16:54

Plans have been approved for a new children’s home in Islington to be run by a King’s Cross charity.

Dillon Zambon, one of the two young men accused of being part of Nashon Esbrand’s murder in Canonbury last year, this afternoon told a jury: “I never intended for Nashon to get hurt.”

Fri, 14:30

The heroic Islington firefighters who rescued Angel flood victims joined the Pearly King and Prince of Finsbury to be given the freedom of the borough last night.

Fri, 14:16

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was slashed with a knife near King’s Cross station last night.

Fri, 11:16

City University students showed their support for striking lecturers by staging a sit-in protest this week.

Thu, 17:44

Business owners waded in to try and break apart a 20-strong group of scrapping teenagers in Highbury last night.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now