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Hackney North General Election 2015 debate – live

Welcome to our Hackney North General Election 2015 debate – live at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston

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Hackney South General Election 2015 debate – live

Welcome to our Hackney South General Election 2015 debate – live at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston

Soapbox snippets: weekly round-up from the Hackney campaign trail

Hustings galore, a Tory-annosaurus Rex and the battle over Dunsmure Road

Russell Brand gets angry about inequality at Hackney film screening

Comedian and activist defends his stance not to vote at Hackney Picturehouse screening of his film The Emperor’s New Clothes

Boat-dwellers unite in Hackney against ‘draconian’ clampdown on cruisers

Boaters who do not move could lose their licences as Canal and River Trust tightens up enforcement of 14-day rule

Campaigners protest in Hackney over ‘toxic’ free trade agreement

Campaigners from 38 degrees call on Hackney Council to declare its opposition to The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Far-right nationalists hold Clapton rally against Jewish patrol group Shomrim

Hackney Unite Against Fascists who called counter-demonstration ‘angry’ that police allowed rally to go ahead

Soapbox snippets: weekly round-up from the Hackney campaign trail

Who has blisters from pounding the pavement, why is the co-founder of Bebo running for MP and what is transhumanism?

Hackney heckler aims to get ‘F*** off back to Eton’ song to number one

Ukulele player from Stoke Newington who serenaded David Cameron on campaign trail launches crowdfunding campaign

Stamford Hill teenager dies swimming at Hampstead Heath ponds

19-year-old from Orthodox Jewish Community named locally as Moshe Yitzchok Greenfield

‘Long overdue’ Dalston Conservation Area leaves out key heritage buildings

Local conservation groups welcome increased protection but express concern that buildings such as Reeves Printworks have been left out

Green Party launches manifesto for ‘peaceful political revolution’ at Arcola Theatre

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas MP promise “a new kind of politics” at Dalston launch

Burgers round the clock? McDonald’s plans controversial 24-hour opening

McDonald’s says late hours would create 25 jobs at Old Street branch but local resident slams plans as ‘cynical’

Charities unite to tackle poverty as four in ten Hackney kids live below breadline

Local groups come together to address the real impact of poverty across the borough

Forecast: how East Londoners plan to vote on 7 May

Survey insights into how East London will vote and why in the upcoming General Election

General Election campaign watch — Friday 10 April

What have the candidates been up to this week? Track their movements in our weekly election column

Setting off to the North and South polls: A guide to Hackney’s election

On Thursday 7 May Hackney voters will be trooping to the polling stations to elect their members of the House of Commons

Full list of election candidates for Hackney North and Hackney South

Nominations have now closed for the General Election on 7 May

Facelifts meet resistance as developers begin ‘intensification’ of Finsbury Park

Developments threaten to turn the Victorian rail hub into a clutch of high-rise towers

Wetlands in Hackney and Waltham Forest to be linked by ‘green corridor’

Project delivered by London Wildlife Trust and Hackney Council to receive £120,000 from Mayor’s Big Green Fund

Education re-imagined: Big Creative offers new opportunities in Walthamstow

With new campus, Big Creative Village will expand training for 16-19 year-olds seeking careers in the creative industries

Courses

Journalism tutor

Course Leader, Head of Journalism and visiting / hourly paid tutors sought for NCTJ part-time Journalism Diploma course

Introduction to Journalism course

Develop the skills every journalist needs. Tuesday evenings, 21 April – 26 May 2015

Lifestyle journalism course

Develop the skills every lifestyle journalist needs. Tuesday evenings, 14 April – 19 May 2015 (six weeks)

Opinion

Leader— Hackney: a place for everyone?

The audience was left ‘grasping for real answers’ at Hackney Council’s recent debate

Titbits— Croatians, consultants and over-involved residents

A Croatian surge at the polls narrowly avoided, confusion reigns over interim consultants, and doth ‘citizen’ Pipe protest too much?

Titbits – Beards, budgets and a broken statue

Find out who’s namechecked in this month’s diary column

Education

Refreshing ethos: Islington independent school nurtures students for success

North Bridge House Canonbury equips students with the skills for a successful future

Education in Hackney: Cllr Bramble on the challenges ahead

Newly appointed Cabinet Member for Children’s Services on her new role and priorities for the coming school year

Education innovation: unlocking potential at Hackney UTC

Round-up of the latest successes at Hackney UTC as students connect with local tech companies and media agencies