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RICHARD WATTS

The number of people paid £600 or more a day by Islington Council has increased over the past year, despite claims that spending on agency staff had been brought under control.

Richard Watts has blamed apps like Waze for having to introduce car restricting measures to Islington.

The original whistleblower on Islington’s kids’ home scandal has condemned Boris Johnson’s “disgraceful” assertion that investigating historic child abuse is a waste of resources.

Islington Council has adopted the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims definition of Islamophobia to help it tackle “hatred and discrimination” in the community.

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor shared his harrowing experiences with schoolchildren in the Islington Assembly Hall on Monday.

A shake-up of Islington’s executive triggered by the education chief standing down will see two new faces leading key portfolios as of March 1.

Islington is set to raise council tax as it prepares for a further £50million of central government cuts by 2022 – but it has vowed to keep building council houses and protecting core services.

Islington’s sole opposition councillor urged her Labour colleagues to back second referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal on Thursday – but the council chief mocked her town hall protest and won support for an election-first amendment.

Something has changed in Highbury East since the local elections in May, writes Kate Pothalingam, Islington Liberal Democrats.

This Sunday, the Jewish community will come together for the Islington Menorah Lighting; a celebration to mark the opening night of Chanukah.

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.

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