Redbridge residents raise thousands of pounds to fund medical aid in Gaza

Hundreds attended a fundraiser hosted by a local Labour MP in East London to support the work of an organisation that provides critical medical aid in Palestine.

The event, “Humanitarian aid for Gaza Fundraiser” and hosted by Sam Tarry, MP for Ilford South, took place last Thursday at the Mayfair Venue in Chadwell Heath, Romford where over 500 gathered to raise funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), an organisation dedicated to upholding the rights to health and dignity for Palestinians.

'Tesco Toxic Towers' given go ahead despite pressure from local campaigners

Campaigners who challenged a council’s decision to go ahead with a large-scale housing development featuring a school in one of Goodmayes’ most polluted areas lost their case after a year-long dispute.

After the High Court dismissed the case as “not properly arguable”, Andy Walker lead campaigner of the Stop the Tesco Toxic Towers group asked for permission to appeal and challenge the lawfulness of Redbridge Council’s decision to grant planning permission to Weston Homes for the construction of

UK scientists lose research funding after negotiations to rejoin EU flagship scheme hit rock-bottom

The year-long UK-EU dispute over the readmission of British applicants to Europe’s top scientific programme caused a brain drain of talent and the loss of millions in research funding, researchers claim.

The UK has already missed the first two and a half years after failing to reach an agreement with Brussels and secure its place in Horizon EU 2021-2027, an ambitious €95.5bn joint research scheme spanning sciences and humanities.

Although British researchers can still formally apply for EU fun

Archery club hits the right target with a long-awaited BBQ

One of the oldest archery clubs in Essex hosted its first archery-themed BBQ since the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Bowmen of Ardleigh Archery club called it a “BBQ fun shoot” where archery and barbecue food meet on the club’s third field at Bretons, Rainham bringing members, fellow archers from other clubs and residents together.

A joyful, almost domestic atmosphere hovered over the vast field the club is now sharing with other clubs in the area after moving from its original shooting ground at Ard

Royal fans of all ages make pilgrimage to Hyde Park for the Coronation

New and old generations of royal fans from all around the UK gathered in Hyde Park today to witness and share a once-in-a-lifetime experience in history.

Children, scouts and young professionals crowded the muddy London park from the early hours to celebrate the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla along with those veteran royalists who didn’t want to miss the pomp and spectacle of British tradition.

They set up their tents, chairs, tables, and picnic baskets in front of the four big s

British media are among the least trusted in Europe

As trust in the British media continues to fall, an increasing number of people in the UK admitted to actively turning away from the news whenever they can.

According to the Digital News Report 2023 by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), only 33% of Brits surveyed claimed to trust the news, the lowest level among north European countries and the 12th lowest among the 46 target markets.

The annual report investigates news consumption worldwide and it is based on original s

'It's now or never': Assange supporters rally ahead of final UK hearing

Hundreds attended a public meeting hosted by Julian Assange’s wife in central London last week ahead of his final UK appeal against the extradition to the US.

Despite freezing temperatures, a large number of campaigners, journalists and MPs across the political spectrum filled Conway Hall, Holborn, to show solidarity and support for Stella Assange in her fight to free the WikiLeaks founder.

In attendance were MPs Jeremy Corbyn, David Davis and Richard Burgon, as well as trade unionist Len McCl

Shortage of EU workers after Brexit leads to thousands of unfilled jobs

Despite the high rise in non-EU immigration, the UK is still struggling to replace thousands of low-skilled EU workers who left the country after Brexit.

Since 2020, low- and medium-skilled sectors in which EU workers were overrepresented – including wholesale and retail, administration, accommodation and food, childcare – have registered a high number of unfilled jobs.

Under the post-Brexit immigration system, employers who primarily relied on EU-workers in these sectors, struggle to attract