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Finsbury Park mum Jessica Plummer lost her son, Shaquan Sammy-Plummer, to a blade in 2015. She tells James Morris why it’s necessary for her to discuss his horrifying story with future generations.

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Ben Kinsella’s murder. His sister, Brooke, spoke frankly to James Morris about the impact it continues to have on her family and the state of knife crime in Islington in 2018.

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

The Polish community, worshipping at the church of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Islington is organising a Street Party [as reported in the Gazette this month] writes Aleksandra Podhorodecka MBE.

We held a local elections hustings last night. Sadly, barely anyone turned up. There was still good debate, though. James Morris reports from St Mary’s Church in Upper Street.

Ahead of the local elections on May 3, the Gazette is bringing you the manifesto pledges from each of the main parties. After hearing from Labour, the Lib Dems and Greens already, James Morris spoke to the Conservatives ahead of the party’s manifesto launch today.

Ahead of the local elections on May 3, the Gazette is bringing you the manifesto pledges from each of the main parties: Labour, Green, Liberal Democrats and Conservative. After hearing from Labour and the Lib Dems already, James Morris spoke to the Greens ahead of the party’s manifesto launch today.

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.

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. To kick things off, James Morris heard from Labour’s Richard Watts, the current council leader.

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.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading James Morris’s account of “the lost hospital” in Liverpool Road, writes Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes, representative Deputy Lieutenant for Islington.

Foxlow’s Clerkenwell branch in St John Street is offering a vegan menu during November. The Gazette is impressed.

Islington business owner Laura Mariana is helping women smash sexist career barriers. She tells James Morris WHAT SHE REALLY, REALLY WANTS.

Has there ever been a sweeter Arsenal title win than 1989? A new documentary tells the amazing story of that special night at Anfield. James Morris speaks to its editor, Sam Billinge.

For 132 years, Highbury Fields has been Islington’s biggest and most popular green space. As the barbecue row continues to smoulder, James Morris trawls through the Gazette archives – and finds the Fields’ entire history has been defined by conflict about how they should be used.

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.

Jeremy Corbyn is the most talked-about politician in the country. And he’s divided opinion ever since he first stood for Islington North in 1983. James Morris digs into the archives to tell the story of his campaign.

The family of Jonathon ‘JJ’ McPhillips will finally be able to grieve at his funeral on Friday. But with his killer still at large, mum Michelle McPhillips says his death has ‘ripped the heart’ out of her family. She speaks to James Morris.

Prevent long-term illness to reduce pressure on the Whittington Hospital? Sounds great. It comes with a catch, though, and no one is sure how the plans will play out. James Morris tries to see through the ‘smoke and mirrors’.

Remembrance isn’t just for November. After Sunday’s parade, James Morris reports on Islington Veterans Association’s year-round work.

When George Osborne announced the closure of Holloway Prison a year ago, many people darkly muttered three words: ‘Expensive luxury flats.’ But it doesn’t have to be this way, community campaigners told James Morris.

Given Islington’s radical history, it’s no surprise rebels once plotted to overthrow the elites from a Clerkenwell park. James Morris looks at the Spa Fields riots 200 years ago.

For 40 years, Quality Fish Bar has been a staple of Finsbury Park. Owner Tony Harmanda tells James Morris: ‘I wish I could’ve frozen the things I’ve seen...’

N1 Women’s Institute is now 10 years old. President Rosie Harvey tells James Morris why the old stereotypes are irrelevant.

It may not be the most attractive building, but 55-61 Brewery Road in Holloway is still home to 300 worshippers at York Way Masjid. With demolition on the cards, director Mukhtar Osman asks James Morris: ‘Where else is there?’

The Old Red Lion is Islington’s oldest pub – and possibly London’s, too. From cow dung to sword duels, James Morris delves into its 601-year history.

From a quiet side street in the heart of Islington, puppets have amused families at Little Angel Theatre for 55 years. James Morris asks how.

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.

A year ago, Jeremy Corbyn promised Islington North ‘won’t be forgotten’ after he was elected Labour leader. Twelve months on, James Morris asks community leaders across his constituency whether he has kept his word.

A superb new exhibition tells the story of firefighting in Islington since 1381. There were plenty of surprises for James Morris, who attended the opening on Thursday.

A Lough Road social worker gave up his career to become an author – and tells James Morris how he uncovered an amazing Falklands War story.

Farringdon club Fabric is only 17 years old but already has legendary status. With its future uncertain, James Morris asks why it evokes such feeling.

St Luke’s Community Centre in Finsbury is set to lose its annual £26k council grant for a vital early dementia service. James Morris visited sufferers as they made a last-ditch plea for Islington Council to review its decision.

This column originally appeared in the Gazette in August 2016 following a consultation on changes to Highbury Corner.

As someone who cycles round Highbury Corner twice a day, I’m overjoyed this dastardly junction is one step closer to being ripped apart.

Ten years ago, Arsenal announced itself as a football superpower by moving to the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium. While it hasn’t resulted in much success on the pitch, James Morris explores the stadium’s impact on Islington.

Islington Council made £12million fining motorists for parking and traffic offences last year. Where does the money go? The council is clearly vigilant, but is it fair? James Morris and Eleanor Peake find out.

David Shannon masterminded Islington Cycling Club’s growth from zero to 550 members in just three years. James Morris finds out how.

Five people escaped injury after a fire in an Archway restuarant.

We all love Sadler’s Wells. But did you know Islington used to boast many others on the same scale? James Morris finds our borough has an extraordinary theatre heritage.

Big changes have been mooted for Newington Green’s Besant Court estate, with one block facing demolition. Tenants yesterday reflected on their memories with James Morris.

For 30 years, artist Stephen Flanagan has tried and failed to build a huge angel on top of Angel station. He tells James Morris why he won’t give up.

From leprosy to Florence Nightingale, budding thespians from Grafton Primary School helped shed light on Whittington Hospital’s rich but oft-forgotten history. James Morris was there.

Keith McDowall served impartially under seven Cabinet ministers. Then came New Labour. He tells James Morris why he penned a book about the political world before spin doctors.

Like dozens of other children in 20th-Century Islington care homes, Richard was a victim of abuse. A new website is supporting these survivors. This week, he bravely returned to the building of his former care home in Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury. He told James Morris there could be hundreds more victims who have yet to come to terms with childhood trauma.

Cllr Kat Fletcher, former manager of the Tufnell Park Tavern, tells James Morris she has knife crime in her sights as mayor.

Three years ago, Islington’s Copenhagen Primary School received an Ofsted report that one councillor said was ‘one of the most distressing I have ever read’. Now, as James Morris finds, it is starting to flourish again – and parents are at the centre of its strategy for success.

For a 13th successive year, Breakin’ Convention, the UK’s biggest hip-hop dance theatre festival, returned to Sadler’s Wells at the weekend. James Morris spoke to one performer, Julia Cheng, and found out her 15-minute piece required 15 days of preparation.

It isn’t just older people who fall on hard times. James Morris finds out about the sad reality of homeless young people in the capital – and how charities like The Pilion Trust and Project One Zero are working in Islington to give them a creative outlet.

Islington is hosting the UK’s first exhibition on transgender people of faith. Surat-Shaan Knan told James Morris why he chose our borough to host the show – and how he got his subjects to share their stories

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