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Gazette letters: Predictable local election, MS fundraising, noisy party and EU

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 10 August 2016

New Islington Barnsbury ward Cllr Rowena Champion

New Islington Barnsbury ward Cllr Rowena Champion


No real surprise that Labour have won the local election in Barnsbury [Gazette, July 21, p5], writes Michael McElligott, Amwell Street, Islington.

It would have been front page news had they lost.

Yet Labour have had absolute power in Islington for quite some time – and what has changed as a consequence of that for its residents?

Crime appears to have risen. Housing remains in a standstill state. Children’s services are being slashed.

I think this proves absolute power can be an absolute disaster when politicians don’t know what to do with it.

Just to remind you all, writesKass Hammami, Caledonian Road, Islington.

I am on a major fundraising campaign for stem cell therapy to overcome multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological condition that causes severe disability and muscle weakness over time.

From previous donations since my story was first published in May (Gazette, May 19, p15), I have been able to pay 4,000 Euros towards the main treatment centre, which is located in Switzerland. The Serbia clinic is an in-patient centre and is an extension of their head office. I have booked an appointment which is on November 15, 2016 – my 31st birthday. At present, I would like to speed up the donation process for this therapy, so I would like to give you an insight into what I deal with on a daily basis.

I’ve been falling over a lot lately and it’s getting tougher and tougher to get myself back up.

Every time I try I keep landing back where I began – the floor! For me it’s a very emotional experience and I end up crying many tears, for two reasons. The first is that every time I try and get up it’s painful when I don’t and so I keep trying again and again, and secondly because I really dislike being on the floor and relying on others for help.

For me it’s very degrading, depressing, demeaning and a very traumatic experience.

So I’m reaching out to you all to help with putting an end this way of life – please.

To donate, please go to:

I would like to know who thought it was a good idea to have their very loud music disturbing the borough on the night of July 30 to 31? asks E Murray, Canonbury, full name and address supplied.

Having started at about 9pm, it continued past midnight. “It’ll stop soon,” I thought, “no one could be allowed to have what sounded like a live band bellowing until the wee small hours.” How wrong I was. It finally stopped after 2am.

The council knew nothing about it and apparently wouldn’t have allowed it to continue had they known.

Whoever held such a public private party should just stop for a moment and think how their actions affected thousands of us that night/early morning.

I now know that in future I should call the council ASB Hotline on 020 7527 7272 option 1, Sunday to Monday 4pm to 2am, and Friday to Saturday 5pm to 4am so officers can come out to hear the noise for themselves and ask for it to be lowered to an acceptable level.

Or, in this case at past midnight, to be turned off entirely.

Anyone thinking Islington’s pro-Europe sentiment was “switched off” by the EU referendum result should take a fresh look at the numbers, writes Nick Turton, chairman, Islington in Europe.

Islington is one of the most pro-Europe boroughs in the country. Three quarters of voters here voted to remain. A survey by Islington Chamber of Commerce found 61 per cent of local businesses agree. And this strength of feeling has been clear since the referendum, too – 38,500 people across Islington have signed a petition backing a second referendum. Emily Thornberry MP has received 1,000 letters from supporters of Remain. And let’s not forget more than 10pc of our friends, family and neighbours in Islington were born elsewhere in the EU. They were denied a vote and their futures are now uncertain.

This is why Islington in Europe is alive and strong. We’re a group of motivated locals who don’t believe the referendum was conclusive, fair or the last word. Not only did the Leave campaign dupe the public with lies – they had no plan for implementing Brexit, either.

So we are working with other groups across London and the UK on behalf of the 48.1pc who voted Remain, and those who now wish they had. This week we met Mrs Thornberry to put to her that MPs still have an opportunity and responsibility to influence the outcome. Other London MPs like David Lammy, Catherine West and Dawn Butler have already been outspoken on this. We’ll be turning out en masse for the September 3 “March for Europe”, just days before Parliament debates a second referendum. Readers who agree Brexit is not inevitable can follow @IslingtonIn on Twitter.

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