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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.”

The taxpayer must cough up £56,000 after Islington Council was fined for a “data disaster” in which 89,000 people’s personal details were freely available on its parking appeals website.

Tim Sayer, Battledean Road, Highbury, writes:

I deliver leaflets for the Greens and need to negotiate this gate.

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

Theresa May’s plan to axe free school meals for infants has been slammed by opposition parties in a heated debate at St Mary Magdalene Academy this morning.

Mildmay Festival of Nature took place over the weekend, London’s “first dedicated festival of nature”, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

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.

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”.

Former council leader Terry Stacy is a loud Lib Dem activist, but also does a tonne of community work. The Gazette hears about his fascinating past.

Sainsbury’s has angered campaigners by making a fresh bid to open a second shop in Blackstock Road.

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