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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Politicians and dignitaries across Islington are urging people to take part in a demonstration against fascism and racism taking place on Saturday.

The plug has been pulled on a tri-borough ICT partnership between Islington, Haringey and Camden due to “different local priorities”.

Sandy Marks’ future membership of the Labour Party is uncertain even after a QC-led review confirmed the Gazette’s revelations about the ex-mayor’s pro-paedophile past.

An organisation acting for victims and survivors of abuse in Islington children’s homes has responded bitterly to a barrister’s conclusion that there was no evidence “organised” wrongdoing had taken place.

A top barrister has confirmed former Islington councillor Sandy Marks’ past links to a pro-paedophile campaign group.

Sadiq Khan was grilled over the empty Holloway Prison and Police Station sites at the Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday night.

Islington Council is backing businsses in their “save our shops” campaign, which calls on the chancellor to slash business rates for the borough’s smallest firms.

Islington Council is three years away from making serious cuts to front-line services without a government u-turn on funding, leader Richard Watts told the Gazette.

A chatty Big Issue seller who died alone in a hostel room. A table tennis-playing “teddy bear” who killed himself. At least four people who were homeless in Islington have died over the last 12 months, but no one is recording their deaths.

Wireless promoters defended the music festival at a licence review hearing last night, saying it is a “celebration of grime music” that causes no public nuisance.

Haringey is “prostituting” Finsbury Park out for Wireless Festival and should scrap the event, neighbours argued at a licensing sub-committee meeting last night.

Working class people are “getting crushed by Universal Credit” and it’s fuelling mental health problems in Islington, claims a councillor.

A multi-million-pound hotel looks set to be built on the site of the old George Robey pub in Finsbury Park after housing was officially ruled out as an option.

Islington’s environment boss has hailed the council’s “pioneering” electric vehicle (EV) charging policies – but she conceded four pieces of equipment breach regulations and will be axed.

Elderly people fought to save a Highbury day centre from closure at a heated full council meeting last night, during which the mayor of Islington told the borough’s housing boss to “shut up”.

Emily Thornberry today branded Universal Credit a “complicated and intimidating system” while speaking at a community conference in Holloway Road.

Islington Council was last night (Wed) set to approve proposals to further reduce the town hall’s pension fund investments in fossil fuels.

The Boundary Commission’s proposals for Islington are unchanged, meaning Jeremy Corbyn’s seat will be abolished.

Anti-suicide measures at the Archway Bridge have been approved in a move that should bring an end to a 15-year campaign.

Council workers coming to work under the influence of drugs and alcohol could be partly to blame for a £2million hole in Islington’s budget, the council’s crime chief claimed this week.

Anti-suicide measures could finally be installed on the Archway Bridge after well over a decade of back and forth that has cost lives.

A young woman born and raised in Islington was denied legal status and her right to work because she couldn’t prove her mother’s immigration status.

Emily Thornberry today said Islington’s HMP Pentonville is “a disgrace to civilised society” that should be bulldozed and replaced with smaller, modern prisons in central London.

A homeless army veteran from Holloway who is part of the Windrush generation has told of his battle for an ID card and benefits – after the government dubbed him an “illegal immigrant” and drove him into hiding.

Transport bosses were today scrambling to defend Highbury’s famous The Garage music venue after a backlash against plans to demolish it and expand the Tube station.

The Gunners pub bosses say the pub is no longer “under threat” after a mysterious licensing meeting at the town hall on Tuesday evening.

The queer archive at Islington Museum has gathered some incredible artefacts since the Gazette last visited in 2016 – but it needs more memories to continue flourishing.

TfL’s “shambolic” management of work at Highbury Corner has come under fire after bosses admitted contractors had made a mistake and the area would need to be paved again – after three years of roadworks.

A wheelchair-bound Highbury man with brain damage forced the government to admit it was wrong to say he was fit for work.

A Clerkenwell chippy has closed down for the summer after neighbours complained about its smell.

Some of the busiest roads in Islington will become 20mph zones between now and 2024 after a Transport for London shake-up led by Sadiq Khan was announced today.

Ten complaints about Islington Council to the ombudsman were upheld in the last year, a report reveals.

Rapid chargers for electric cars cluttering up Islington’s pavements could spell disaster for visually impaired people, a councillor has warned.

Some 200 Muslims gathered in central London in a show of defiance against Donald Trump’s visit today.

Jeremy Corbyn and Finsbury Park Mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar have supported this afternoon’s London protests against Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.

In a first of its kind role in a UK town hall, Cllr Sue Lukes is now Islington’s ‘migrants champion’. She tells the Gazette what it means – and why it’s so important.

Islington Labour councillors have destroyed Green attempts to push for proportional representation (PR) in local elections.

Islington’s housing leader has said the council can’t build housing on the former Sir George Robey and Powerhaus site in Finsbury Park because it’s too noisy.

Islington Council’s transport leader has promised to “engage” after an action group lobbied for a new cycle route to be closed to the majority of traffic.

An Islington councillor last night called for the town hall to stop a homeless shelter opening in Upper Holloway.

Islington Council this morning sensationally announced it would scale back barbecue use in Highbury Fields.

Cyclists will lobby Islington Council to remove the “majority of traffic” from a major new cycle route between Finsbury Park and Clerkenwell.

Jeremy Corbyn this morning praised his “magnificent” community as Islington marked one year since the Finsbury Park terror attack.

Brazen supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has made yet another bid to open in Blackstock Road, Highbury.

A homeless Islington teen has been “lost” after council officers failed to support her, a watchdog has said.

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