Boundary changes could mean a different political colour for Fitzrovia

Constuency map of central London.

Proposals for changing the size and shape of parliamentary constituencies mean that Fitzrovia would no longer be divided across a political boundary. Under the new constituencies Holborn and St Pancras would disappear and Fitzrovia would become part of an expanded Cities of London and Westminster "which retains ten wards from the existing constituency, and includes the …

Residents encourage neighbours to oppose Housing and Planning Bill

Parliament website page.

A group of Fitzrovia residents are encouraging their neighbours to write to MPs, local councillors and the media to fight the government's Housing and Planning Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament. The residents include Eileen O'Keefe, an emeritus professor of public health, and John O'Keefe, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. In a letter to …

Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 and Community Infrastructure Levy under discussion at Bloomsbury ward meeting

Bloomsbury Area Action Group, 6 Janaury 2016.

The Housing and Planning Bill 2015-2016 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be the topics of discussion at tonight's Bloomsbury Area Action Group. Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors -- Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison and Rishi Madlani -- have invited Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia residents to the public meeting. Camden council officer Finneguela O'Brien will outline the proposed changes …

Residents’ association calls on Marylebone High Street ward councillors to resign

Marylebone High Street ward Councillors.

A residents’ association in Fitzrovia is calling for the resignation of three Conservative ward councillors after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed they withheld information about the sell off and major redevelopment of a property just eight metres from their homes. This summer Westminster council's planning committee approved plans for three tower blocks and …

Portraits of UK party leaders handwritten from Twitter opinions on display at Woolff Gallery

Natalie Bennett stands with framed portrait in gallery.

Portraits of UK political leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Natalie Bennett, handwritten by artist Annemarie Wright using the text of opinions expressed on Twitter, go on public show at the Woolff Gallery tonight (30 April 2015) -- a week before the UK general election. The opinions were collected by Wright from …

Bring it on Bloomsbury bitches

Richard Osley of the Camden New Journal reports on Labour’s local election slate for Bloomsbury ward in Camden.

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CAMDEN’S Labour Party finalised its local election slate last night by choosing Sabrina Francis to stand in Bloomsbury. The vacancy came up late after Councillor Milena Nuti announced she would not stand again at May’s boroughwide ballot.

Many members had felt Sabrina deserves a run again after being overlooked by the party for the Gospel Oak by-election. In 2010, she had done the hard work by standing in Lib Dem-held Haverstock. As Labour made a sweeping comeback to power in Camden, the poll in that ward was delayed by the sad death of Lib Dem ward councillor Syed Hoque. It meant the vote was not held on the same day as the general election like in all of the other wards and Labour lost the bounce that had come with it.

The Lib Dems, already strong there with Matt Sanders and Jill Fraser, pushed on through to win all three…

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No shortage of housing in the West End of London

Dwellings and electorate statistics.

The West End ward in the City of Westminster is now unusual in that it has an excess of housing. Hard to believe with all the worrying news about shortage of homes for Londoners. But between the neighbourhoods of Mayfair, Soho and a large chunk of Fitzrovia there are now more individual dwellings than there …

European Greens choose Fitzrovia conference venue to host primary

By News Reporters The European Green Party has chosen a conference venue in Fitzrovia to introduce their lead candidates for the forthcoming European elections in May. The event will be a hustings-style debate to be held on Saturday 18 January at the at the ICO Conference Centre in Berners Street. The Fitzrovia event is one of several …

A History of the French in London: Liberty, Equality, Opportunity. Edited by Debra Kelly and Martyn Cornick – Review

By Nick Bailey Peter Ackroyd in his biography of London argues that ‘London has always been a city of immigrants’ and he notes that this observation could be applied to any period over the past 250 years. This book takes a historical perspective over 500 years of just one of these immigrant communities: the French …

See Red Women’s Workshop

So long as women are not free the people are not free.

By Sue Blundell 'The State and Sexist Advertising Cause Illness’; ‘Fight the Cuts’; ‘The Freedom of the Press Belongs to Those who Control the Press’. Though these rallying cries may seem completely relevant today, they in fact appeared on posters created in the 1970s and 1980s by the See Red Women’s Workshop. In 1974 two …

Sarah Hayward says Tax Payers’ Alliance report “is inaccurate” and Robert Oxley “is lying”

 You've got to admire the conviction of Sarah Hayward. On tonight's Channel 5 News she not only dismissed the Tax Payers' Alliance report into high public sector earners as factually inaccurate but she called their spokesperson Robert Oxley a liar.The report by the Tax Payers Alliance stated: "The council with the most employees in receipt of remuneration …

Marylebone High Street ward by-election

By News Reporters A by-election will take place on Thursday 2 May 2013 for the Marylebone High Street ward in the City of Westminster. The election has been triggered by the resignation of councillor Harvey Marshall.  The Marylebone Association reports: Notice of Election was published on Tuesday 26 March and delivery of the nomination papers will occur …

Fitzrovia Graffiti: A Multi-layered pattern of communication

By Stephen Carter The rapidly developing graffiti art form in Fitzrovia continues to create controversy and disagreement amongst residents and law enforcers. This essentially stems from the fact that there are many different styles of graffiti whose values are highly contested. Some styles are reviled by many and some are held in high esteem by …

US-style anti-abortion protests return to Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury

By News Reporters Anti-abortion protests will be met with pro-choice counter protests outside clinics in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia this week at the start of a campaign by the American group 40 Days for Life who proclaim it will be part of "the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history". In March a protest …

Ronnie Kasrils and anti-apartheid Charlotte Street

By Mike Pentelow Ronnie Kasrils returned to Fitzrovia today to lead a guided walk of buildings associated with the anti-apartheid struggle. Kasrils (ex-leader of ANC military wing, and later deputy defence minister of the post-apartheid South African government) described the various pubs, offices and homes that during the 1960s and 1970s were used to smuggle …

And don’t call me Shirley

Brian Jarman visits Westminster Council leader Philippa Roe at her seventeenth-floor office; and risks defenestration as he asks her about housing, that other woman, and whether the Evening Standard will be dictating the Council's West End parking policy. Let’s get one thing clear: Philippa Roe is no Dame Shirley Porter. The new leader of Westminster …

The Sex Pistols God Save the Queen still has the power to inspire like nothing else

By Angela Lovely For a collector's item it is a pretty poor offering, much like the original album Never Mind the Bollocks that featured it in 1977. There was little on the album cover to tell you about the band; no notes, no snippets of information; just a cardboard cover that looked home made with …

London mayoral candidates election debate live on LBC

By News Reporters The Mayoral candidates appeared on London radio station LBC 97.3 this morning in the first live debate of the campaign. You can see a video of the first part of the debate here. http://youtu.be/agG9qOgI3DM LBC hosted Boris Johnson (Con), Ken Livingstone (Lab), Brian Paddick (Lib) and Jenny Jones (Gre) in the studio …