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The head of a consortium charged with letting and managing 6,440 council homes via two Public Finance Initiative (PFI) deals was lambasted over the group's performance at a town hall meeting on Tuesday.

More than 150 Islington Council candidates will fail to win a seat in next week's local elections. But, statistically speaking, at least one of them will go on to become an MP.

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.

Islington Council faced having to pay back more than £1million of traffic fines issued at a controversial width restriction.

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.

"Highbury Corner plans welcomed" reads the Gazette headline. Changes to the roundabout are afoot. Campaigners battle to save a 100-year-old tree and urge people to support plans that would see the link between Upper Street and Holloway Road closed. The date? December 20, 2007.

Council chiefs ignored campaigners' pleas and decided to shut a care home after finding residents there hadn't been bathed in months.

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.

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