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Islington’s rough sleeper population has surged by close to 40 per cent in the past three months, according to City Hall stats.

I have just read the article on the Quietway 10 campaign by Cycle Islington, writes Steve Woods.

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.

Cllr Claudia Webbe recently tweeted that “the public health benefits of parks and open spaces is clear, writes Anita Frizzarin, Wedmore Gardens, Tufnell Park.

The Islington Gazette and St Mary’s Church hosted a good local poll hustings on April 23, writes Ivor Kenna, Compton Street, Clerkenwell.

Protesting Brexit. Quizzing politicians over cycle lanes. Speaking out against cuts to school funding. Joining thousands of campaigners to elect and support a Labour leader who has given the party its biggest shakeup in a generation.

Two years on from the EU referendum, Nick Turton and his Islington in Europe cronies just won’t give up and accept Brexit. After their latest campaign outside Angel station and Nag’s Head over the weekend. Nick tells the Gazette what drives them.

Over recent weekends, a 20-strong group of volunteers from Islington in Europe has taken to the streets to gauge the issues around Brexit that most concern people here, writes Luisa Fulci, Lambs Mews, Islington.

Ahead of the local elections on May 3, the Gazette will be bringing you the manifesto pledges from each of the main parties: Labour, Green, Liberal Democrats and Conservative. After hearing from Labour last week, James Morris spoke to Nick Wakeling from the Lib Dems.

As James Morris points out in his Gazette article , it will be a close thing between the Labour party and the Green party in at least one ward in May’s local elections, writes Ivor Kenna, chair, England branch, Celtic League, Compton Street, London.

Baroness Hussein-Ece of Highbury was the first Turkish-Cypriot woman to be elected to public office in the UK. The Lib Dem equalities spokeswoman tells the Gazette what makes her tick.

At various times since the EU referendum, Islington In Europe has been out on the streets of Islington persuading members of the public to maintain opposition to Brexit, writes Nick Turton, chairman, Islington In Europe.

The fate of a Finsbury Park Mosque trustee is still up in the air – three weeks after it was alleged that he is a member of a terrorist organisation.

Today, it’s the pricey trampoline park that has the Sobell in the headlines. Four (and a bit) decades ago, it opened amid similar protests about how much it would cost. In between, it played a crucial role in Britain’s decision to join and then leave the EEC and the EU. The Gazette chats to 1970s Sobell manager Hywel Griffiths.

Mike Bartlett’s marital break-up thriller Doctor Foster has had the nation gripped these past weeks. Actress Victoria Hamilton tells Bridget Galton that his latest work is a Chekhovian play probing British identity in the wake of the Brexit vote

The British Library is looking back through the archives with a new exhibition tracing the evolution of sound technology and the influence it has had on our lives

A rowdy cycling campaigner made a mockery of Islington Council’s security staff 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.

The route between my house in Dalston and Hampstead Heath, and between my office off the Essex Road and the heath, were my most trodden this week, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Caroline Russell “gets” why the Green vote was cut in half in both Islington constituencies.

Political parties have targeted people in Islington almost 100 times in the last six weeks using Facebook “dark adverts” to try and influence votes.

Islington girls getting sporty

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Youngsters take part in EU-funded project

Fighting Labour in Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North stronghold is hard work.

The Gazette has teamed up with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) to find out which political parties are targeting Facebook users in the borough with political adverts, known as “dark ads”.

The results are in after Islington Greens and Tufnell Park Parents unleashed “citizen science” to measure air pollution levels across the borough.

Islington South and Finsbury incumbent Emily Thornberry told voters it was a straight choice between Labour and the Conservatives at the Gazette’s hustings last night.

Candidates for Islington South and Finsbury clashed with each other – and the audience – at a heated hustings in St Mary’s Church tonight.

This beautiful ceanothus graces our neighbours’ garden in Battledean Road, writes Tim Sayer, Battledean Road, Highbury.

In the UK, there are currently 6.5 million people who provide unpaid care for older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends, writes Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Council’s health and social care boss (Labour).

It is standing room only. A politician is holding court to a packed room. A line of people snakes out of the building and onto to the pavement outside trying to catch a snippet of her speech.

Caroline Russell last night claimed she was the only realistic candidate to contest Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat in June’s general election.

Green and Lib Dem candidates are no threat to Labour in Islington – despite warning signs the party’s stance on Brexit could damage it locally, a senior party source has insisted.

Terry Stacy tonight stood down as Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington South and Finsbury.

Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry has rubbished the Liberal Democrats’ approach to Brexit after a rival candidate claimed her majority would “crumble before her eyes”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed claims his Brexit stance could cost him Islington North in June’s snap general election.

The likely Green candidate for Islington North this afternoon said voters are at their “wits’ end” with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his handling of the EU referendum.

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington South and Finsbury this afternoon said Emily Thornberry’s Labour majority will “crumble before her eyes” in June’s general election.

Politicians, businesses and neighbours met on the fringe of Finsbury Park on Saturday for a five-hour discussion about the area’s redevelopment. The Gazette was there for all of it.

The vast amount of potentially toxic waste now decorating the Bush Industrial Estate outside my windows could have been avoided, writes Anita Frizzarin, Wedmore Gardens.

Traders marched on Whitehall this morning to deliver a 12,658-strong petition calling for the government to halt devastating 45 per cent increases in rateable values.

Impact of air pollution in Islington? “Difficulty exercising.” “Soot getting in one’s nose.”

After an unexpectedly heavy shower one evening last week, this beautiful combination of apricot and silver-grey prompted me to hang out my front window with my camera, looking east, writes Mavis Pilbeam, Mercers Road, Holloway.

Islington’s business sector is fighting crippling 45 per cent rate hikes that would force hundreds of independent traders to shut up shop.

The chair of Islington Faiths Forum has called on people to “get outside their comfort zone” to fight hate crime in the borough.

I just wanted to share this picture with you of my son Alfie Tilyard, a cadet at the parade at Islington Green on Sunday, writes Maxine Tilyard, Godwin Close.

Itch & Scratch theatre company present Best New Theatre, Great Night Out at the Hackney Showroom

Labour-controlled Islington Council took a lot of flak last month after shutting Fabric. As the sole opposition member, Green Cllr Caroline Russell was spared this. But, as she tells James Morris, life is difficult in the land of Labour.

I would like to add something to the letter in last week’s Gazette on the subject of the new boundaries for Islington, writes F G Atkin, Pleydell Estate, Radnor Street.

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn was this morning re-elected as leader of the Labour Party.

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