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Roll up! Roll up! Arcola stage set for Great Mayoral Debate: Hackney Citizen to host election hustings

Parties to go head-to-head at big election debate from 4-6pm on Sunday 27 April


Exclusive: Squatters take over former Hackney Central police station

Homelessness not politics is motivation, claim occupiers

Secretary of State Eric Pickles threatens Town Hall over continuing publication of Hackney Today ‘newspaper’

Hackney Council given just two weeks to explain its non-compliance with Publicity Code for local authorities

‘David can win against Goliath’ says Stokey Local ahead of judicial review

Hackney Council’s Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s decision to be challenged in High Court

Hackney curry house Spice and Grill reopens after refurb

Menu stays the same at Clapton institution popular with politicos

Prominent Labour councillor Luke Akehurst to stand down at local elections

Former Labour Group chief whip reveals he was amused by spoof blog set up to parody him

Leonard Street mystery: secrecy over Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe’s gallery purchase

Town Hall buys building with your cash but refuses to release price or names of sellers

Win tickets to see Let the Right One In

A pair of tickets are up for grabs to see this chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend at the newly re-opened Apollo theatre in the West End

Hackney’s Mayor Jules Pipe accused of ‘washing his hands’ of threatened St Mary’s Lodge

Historic Stoke Newington building at risk of falling ‘beyond repair’, says Lib Dem activist Tony Harms

Angus Mulready-Jones stands down as Hackney councillor to take up prisons inspectorate role

‘I regret leaving my fellow councillors in the lurch,’ says crime science Masters student

Free Cakes for Kids charity enlists masterchef champion as new patron

Self-proclaimed ‘girl from Hackney that did good’ Natalie Coleman fronts group’s annual fundraiser

New base for Mildmay hospital that combats stigma around HIV

Times are changing for the historic organisation with the opening of its new home next month

Yesodey Hatorah Girls’ School warned not to redact exam questions

Orthodox Jewish school found to have blacked out GCSE science paper on grounds of ‘sensitivity’

Titbits – Sophie Linden’s Freudian slip, A-board woes and bogs

What was with the winks at the council meeting… and who flushed first at toilet event?

Hackney Council fails in High Court legal bid to block affordable rent increase

Town Hall and eight other local authorities had challenged Boris Johnson’s policy

Hackney recycling efforts hit a brick wall

Little increase in recycling rate since green sacks introduced

Woman and baby found dead identified as Valerie Forde and Real-Jahzarah McKoy

Detectives formally confirm identities and continue to appeal for information


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Leader – Hackney Council’s gesture politics over betting shops

Town Hall asks Pickles for more power to restrict where bookies can open, but Labour itself opened the floodgates

Leader – Mayor Pipe’s policy is Pickles’ dream

Does Hackney’s Labour leader see Tories’ council tax vote-winner as measure of his success?

Food & Drink

Polish grub puts Eastern European nation in pole position in food stakes

But why are there so few London eateries specialising in the Eastern European cuisine?

Better bread: the Haggerston bakery that nourishes mind and body

Better Health Bakery provides placements for people with mental health problems while promoting locally produced food


Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition to open at the Barbican

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first major exhibition to focus on the cult couturier and fashion icon

Introducing the London Fashion Week five

Five East London designers and collections making waves for the autumn/winter season


Hackney resident Anna Duffield nominated for a BAFTA award

Film producer recognised for her role in short film Sea View, an unsettling tale of adolescent love

Filmmaker completes project to make a film every week for a year

Azeem Mustafa overcomes creative block to complete unique project


Roll up! Graeae to take to the skies at CircusFest

Disability arts pioneers to collaborate with Brazilian company in circus-inspired aerial production

Jane Eyre at the Rosemary Branch – review

Stage adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Victorian novel captures the raw power and emotion of the original


Interview: Hackney Child author tells of experiences growing up in care

‘It’s much easier to build resentment on the care system than it is on your parents,’ says Jenny Molloy

Hackney Child – review

Memoir of Hope Daniels is story of an upbringing characterised by neglect and hardship


Hackney duo to stage experimental opera Room of Worlds

William Morris and a work of early feminist fiction are the inspirations for contemporary chamber opera featuring electronics and video

Sax appealing jazz: review of BB&C at the Vortex

Unorthodox jazz outfit play gig at Dalston venue

Art & Design

World famous street artists take part in Stoke Newington exhibition

Works by Banksy and RUN feature in Wall to Wall exhibition that aims to show the diversity of street art

Turkish artist explores link between art and corporate culture in Shoreditch exhibition

‘The artist as an autonomous creative force is a myth’ says Burak Delier whose exhibition Freedom Has No Script is at Iniva gallery this month