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RICHARD WATTS

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

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.

I’m torn over the low-level outcry that greeted Islington Council’s decision to broker a deal with Wireless Festival, and withdraw its formal submission to the licensing review.

Survivors of a horrific child abuse scandal in Islington’s kids’ homes met Cllr Richard Watts to discuss a redress scheme on Friday – and they expressed distress at still not being able to access their full care records.

Social workers who witnessed abuse at Islington children’s homes will face no recriminations for speaking out, the council chief vowed at a tense meeting last night.

Arts & Media School Islington students are “ready to make their mark on the world”, according to Islington Council’s education chief.

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.

Survivors of abuse in Islington’s children’s homes are crowdfunding legal costs for a possible court case against Islington Council – in case it refuses the compensation scheme proposed by their lawyers.

It’s the first anniversary of the Finsbury Park terror attack on Tuesday next week. And Islington is ensuring its victims, in particular Makram Ali, are remembered.

Council officers recently announced a minimum 100 bike hangars a year will be installed for the next four years: the first 50 between now and autumn, the next cohort between autumn and March 2019, writes Meg Howarth, Ellington Street, Holloway.

A community summer fete will return again this year after being given more than £9,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.

A council tenant says she feels helpless and isolated after eight years in a mouldy, damp-ridden home on Canonbury’s Marquess Estate.

Ukip’s Pete Muswell wanted to take part in the Gazette’s hustings on Monday. We said no. It would have been unfair when he is one of only two Ukip candidates in the May 3 local elections – while the four main parties are fielding a full slate of candidates.

New electric trains set to grace the Gospel Oak to Barking line have been delayed by three months – some going, even for London Overground.

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.

Plans for a raft of Catholic schools to form an academy trust have been kicked into the long grass due to a lack of interest from those consulted.

Theresa May’s government “hates” Islington, council leader Richard Watts said last night.

“Putting young people in charge of their own narrative” is the chief aim of a commission bidding to transform the lives of those growing up in Islington.

Caroline Russell beat her nearest challenger by just eight votes in the 2014 council election, but it was enough to win her Islington’s only non-Labour seat. So the sight of Jeremy Corbyn canvassing for the ruling party on Sunday was almost too much to stomach for some of her supporters. The Gazette asks: fair game or one-party state?

We are a group of Islington council workers and residents calling on Islington Council to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels, write 25 Islington Council workers and nine members of the public in an open letter to the chair and deputy chairman of the Islington pension fund sub-committee.

This council administration is committed to making Islington a fairer place for all, writes Cllr Claudia Webbe, environment and transport boss, Islington Council.

Islington Council has been knocked back in its plans to restrict opening hours of McDonald’s restaurants in the borough.

Islington Council has finished building seven new council homes at “genuinely affordable” rent – but it’s just a drop in the ocean as it tries to overcome the housing crisis.

Are you suffering a burning injustice? This man wants to hear about it.

Islington community leaders – from Jeremy Corbyn to Rev Jennifer Potter – last night called out the media for helping spread hate crime.

Warnings over a shortage of school places are misplaced in Islington, according to the council.

I sat in the town hall on Thursday with the Islington Survivors Network. I heard first-hand the most awful testimonies of rape, abuse and neglect directed at young children.

The appalling child abuse scandal that shames Islington’s past was not just limited to kids under the council’s care, it has been claimed.

The leader of Islington Council was tonight forced to admit the town hall was “culpable” for the horrific kids’ homes abuse scandal that blights the borough’s past.

Arsenal will foot the bill for cleaning up Highbury Fields after last week’s Cologne match that saw thousands of fans unexpectedly descend on the park.

Islington’s sole competitive swimming club has started a last-ditch campaign to build a pool on the Holloway Prison site.

Islington’s council leader has questioned why police did not know, or tell the council about, the huge number of travelling FC Koln fans coming to The Emirates last night.

Some 180 people attended a minute’s silence for the victims of last week’s attack outside the Muslim Welfare House on Monday.

It’s a great thing, though it comes at a terrible cost, that social housing has at last been pushed up the national agenda.

It’s a sad fact that it often takes a tragedy to open our eyes to the good around us.

Islington’s faith and community leaders responded to the Finsbury Park terrorist attack with typical defiance today, declaring: “Our community won’t be divided.”

Westminster Bridge. Manchester Arena. London Bridge. It has been a fearful three months for the UK. Even more important, then, to address that fear.

Survivors of the horrific child abuse scandal that rocked Islington Council in the 1990s have called for police to lead a fresh inquiry as the Gazette today publishes explosive new revelations.

Business chiefs in European-dominated Exmouth Market fear Brexit is already affecting their shops, cafes and bars.

‘Show some respect’ is the message from people on the Grade II-listed Golden Lane Estate to Islington Council and the City. The Gazette found out why plans for a school, private flats and a council tower block have angered them.

Islington Council officers have asked a town hall planning committee to defy its own leader – as well as Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Every week, we take to the streets to unearth something being manufactured or produced right here in Islington. This week, we found that Islington Council has its own manufacturing arm...

The leader of Islington Council believes plans for a new academy will address the shortage of primary schools places in the area.

Islington homeowners and tenants face a five per cent council tax increase – but town hall leaders promised there will be no cuts to frontline services.

“No one deserves a knighthood more than Sir Don McCullin.” That’s the view of Terry Silvester, a childhood friend of the legendary photographer, after he was named in the New Year Honours list on Saturday.

Islington Survivors Network has accused the town hall of being obstructive to historic victims of care home abuse.

Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry this afternoon said “the fight is on” against plans to re-draw constituency boundaries.

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.

Islington Mayor Cllr Kat Fletcher spoke of her “pride” in the young people of Islington yesterday following the publication of A-level results.

The government has refused to back the Islington employment commission – which has helped 1,000 people into work since its launch nearly two years ago.

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