Islington cops are trying to remove the bosses of a Farringdon nightclub after a series of violent brawls – including one which spilled out onto the street with revellers wielding baseball bats and chains.
Islington Lib Dems were a major player for so long. Then they disappeared. Alain Desmier has the huge task of regenerating the party before next year’s local elections. He tells the Gazette: “We have stopped feeling sorry for ourselves.”
Council spending on domestic violence refuges has fallen by up to 75 per cent across London since 2010, leaving Cally charity Solace Women’s Aid trying to do more with less. Chief exec Mary Mason tells investigations journalist Emma Youle about the pressures faced by her charity – and what happens when women can’t get help
In recent months, two women have been sleeping on mattresses under the Stroud Green Road bridge. Loretta Thomas tells their stories – and finds out what barriers are stopping them accessing the help they need.
Some people consider “peak Islington” to be Upper Street’s generous range of artisan gluten-free bakeries. Others reckon it’s the Holloway homeowner who built a £2,500 cat glamping enclosure in her yard. But there was another contender on the steps of Islington Town Hall last night.
The Gazette is taking part in a campaign to raise awareness about the need for more professional carers in London. James Morris and Ellena Cruse explain the issues and chat to Islington’s health chief Cllr Janet Burgess about why the job is so worthwhile.
One year ago today, Islington Council shut Farringdon nightclub Fabric. The councillor who delivered the decision, Flora Williamson, suffered horrific abuse in the ensuing storm. She speaks out on the saga for the first time with the Gazette.