Olympic cheats awarded medals by gender equality group at Oxford Circus

By Angela Lovely Gender equality campaign group UK Feminista held a protest today (31 March) outside the Nike Town store at Oxford Circus in support of Bangladeshi garment workers. In a mock medal ceremony the protesters awarded "cheat" medals to sportswear companies Adidas, Nike and Puma. The demonstration comes in the wake of  research by …

Pro-choice protesters outnumber attendees at prayer vigil in Bedford Square

By News Reporters Hundreds of people supporting pro-choice gathered in Bedford Square this evening (30 March) to oppose an anti-abortion group who had organised a prayer vigil outside the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinic. The Bloomsbury Pro-Choice Alliance called the demonstration against the American-style 40 Days for Life group who have been holding their …

Campaign wants mayoral candidates to deliver on cycle and pedestrian safety

By News Reporters The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) spent Tuesday at a road junction in Fitzrovia collecting signatures from cyclists using the east-west cycle route along Howland Street in order to raise the profile of cycle and pedestrian safety. The LCC want cyclists to grab the candidates attention ahead of the forthcoming election for Mayor of …

When police spied daily on radical poets and song writers in ale houses

By Jess Owens From the time it was built in the mid 1790’s, Fitzrovia was a centre for London Radicals. Its position, just across the border from Westminster, and a part of the Middlesex constituency, meant it became a haven for some of London's democrats. Thomas Spence, the Land Reformer, and a principal theoretician of …

Anti-monarchy group calls for end to “BBC bias” in reporting of the royal family

By News Reporters A group calling for an elected head of state and an end to any constitutional role for the royal family held a demonstration outside the BBC's Broadcasting House in central London this morning. Anti-monarchy group Republic called the protest in response to what they say is the BBC's continued bias in reporting …

Did Boris Johnson have a conflict of interest over Saatchi block decision?

By News Reporters Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been accused of a conflict of interest over his ruling in September 2011 to overturn a local planning decision. Camden Council had refused planning permission for Derwent London to redevelop the Saatchi Block at 80 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, in May 2011 after objections from individual residents, …

Huge gathering of students in London ahead of demonstration

By News Reporters While several helicopters buzzed overhead a colourful carnival of students gathered in the streets around Malet Street this lunchtime ahead of today's demonstration against government cuts. A large number of sixth form and secondary school students joined the older demonstrators on Bloomsbury's streets. Despite the well-publicised declaration that plastic bullets may be …

American activist and author Michael Albert to speak at Bolivar Hall

By Linus Rees American activist and author Michael Albert will visit Fitzrovia to discuss Venezuela, socialism and revolutionary movements. The event is being held at the Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way and is one of a series of talks and discussions that Albert is taking part in across Europe in October. Michael Albert is co-editor …

Fitzrovia for sale: The Localism Bill – who is it good for?

In the final part of our three part feature, Linus Rees wonders who the forthcoming Localism Bill will really benefit. Pete Whyatt maps the neighbourhood. Originally Localism was hailed as a triumph for residential communities and democracy. No longer would  government impose its view on citizens and instead people would be given power to shape …

Students take to the streets in day of protest

Party atmosphere outside University of London Union in Malet Street as students march in day of action against government cuts By Linus Rees Thousands of students from all over the UK gathered outside the University of London Union (ULU) in Malet Street this morning to join the day of action against the government's cuts. Other …

Fitzrovia – Results of local elections

By News Reporters Labour swept back into Bloomsbury with three newly elected councillors. Conservative councillor Rebecca Hossack lost her seat as Labour surged ahead in Camden regaining seats lost in 2006. Labour's Adam Harrison topped the polls with 1670 votes (13.97%) in Bloomsbury. In Fitzrovia's Westminster wards the Conservatives held onto all six seats, with …

Fitzrovia – Local election battle was our most popular story

By News Reporters Our story about the local election battle was the most popular page on the Fitzrovia News website over the past 30 days. The overwhelming majority of visitors arrived at our home page, but the Local Election Battle story that we published on 14 April 2010 was the most popular single story. On …

Fitzrovia – Where are all the election posters?

By News Reporters Fitzrovia's voters seem to be shy of showing their political allegiance, yet keen to take part in debate. Perhaps there are a lot of floating voters who have yet to make up their minds. A survey of Fitzrovia by Fitzrovia News revealed very few election posters on display. Candidates out canvassing have …

Fitzrovia – Neighbourhood under threat from Fitzrovia Partnership and developers

By Sam Bueno de Mesquita, Green Party candidate for Bloomsbury Ward On Tuesday 20 April, I spoke at the Charlotte Street Association hustings. It was an exciting night, with the Lib Dems and Tories coming under heavy attack from the audience for their decision to expand South Camden Community School instead of building a new …