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April 03, 2017

Farewell to Brixton's renowned street warrior Darcus Howe

Champion street fighting British Black rights campaigner Darcus Howe has passed over to the Ancestors.I met him in the late 1960s when I was working at the Notting Hill Adventure Playground and...

Youth champion keen to give Peckham a good name

 Youth champion keen to give Peckham a good nameAlan WrightAlthea Smith works full-time as a Southwark councillor in a large number of projects involving teenagers and young adults in her community. She doesn’t like anyone to call her  “councillo ...

Budget VAT hike 'will hit poorest people hardest'

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was accused of an attack against the poor as he announced in his emergency budget that VAT would rise to 20% in January writes Jon Land.The increase, from 17.5% at present, comes despite the Tories' claims befo ...

Future of Digital Economy Bill will test new government

 Tomas MowlamFuture of the Digital Economy Bill will test this new coalition Rejoice we have a government. It seems it’s not a government any of us voted for but that’s the dangers of democracy for you. The big question however is that in th ...

Soldier refusing to fight in Afghanistan 'tormented' in prison

Chris NinehamJoe Glenton, the British soldier (left), who refused to return to fight in Afghanistan in a war he believed to be unjustified and unwinnable, is receiving cruel treatment at the hands of military prison staff.This follows his court martial and ...

'London's greenest borough' destroys giant vine at eco studio

Viv BroughtonBungling officials at Hackney town hall have chopped through the roots of a ‘green wall’ at Europe’s first solar powered recording studio. Their excuse was: “We thought it grew down, not up.” The 40 feet tall vine, which took five years to gro ...

Police should 'respect press card', urge campaigners

Britain's trade union for journalists has welcomed a call by the Metropolitan Police Authority’s civil liberties panel for London’s police to work better with the media. The MPA report into the controversial policing of last April’s G20 demonstrations – wh ...

Why closing rehab centre for teenagers is wrong

 Why closing rehab centre for teenagers is wrongTom BarnesTeenage addicts are being denied 'life saving' treatment, a top drugs educator has claimed. Referrals to Middlegate Lodge, the only dedicated youth drug rehab centre in Britain, have been axed ...

Birds, booze and bulldozers – a brave tale of eco-protest

Once sent to prison for his beliefs, Peter Styles thinks releasing his eco protest novel on a pay-what-you-can basis is a fittingly defiant act. He gives The-Latest the inside story.  My debut novel Birds, Booze & Bulldozers (BB&B) has be ...

Facebook is slammed by users over privacy change

Bosses of the world's most popular social networking website have been blasted by digital rights groups and bloggers over their controversial changes to the site's privacy policy. Critics say the amendment to Facebook is unwelcome and "nudge" people toward ...

Greedy town hall chiefs grab money from health workers

Tom Barnes - Chief Reporter Front line health workers who have to make home visits to see vulnerable clients in east London are incensed about crippling parking fees being demanded by money grabbing town hall chiefs. Greedy Tower Hamlets council ...

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