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Support Vinnie and say “No” to unfair no pets policies

Support Vinnie and say “No” to unfair no pets policies

By on February 17, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

Tower Hamlets residents are campaigning to change the law so that people are not separated from their beloved pets by ‘no pets’ policies in properties created on a whim.A Justice Bus will be transporting residents to the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday 20th February to attend a hearing into the case of Vinnie and […]

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Poplar HARCA snubs Council proposals as it auctions off homes

Poplar HARCA snubs Council proposals as it auctions off homes

By on February 13, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

Social housing provider Poplar HARCA is auctioning off 43 of its existing homes so it can buy more new homes.According to Poplar HARCA the sums add up, for others the arithmetic is plain wrong. The auctions take place today Monday 13th February and the new homes will be available in a years time.To make matters […]

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Live tweets from GLA Police & Crime meeting 09 February 2017

Live tweets from GLA Police & Crime meeting 09 February 2017

Below are some of the tweets posted on Twitter during the GLA Police & Crime meeting – full report here.   [View the story “Tower Hamlets electoral crime” on Storify]

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Inquiry into Met Police Tower Hamlets electoral crime failure looms

Inquiry into Met Police Tower Hamlets electoral crime failure looms

An external inquiry into the Metropolitan Police’s response to allegations of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets seems more likely today after yesterday’s GLA Police Committee meeting that saw both the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) fail to explain their actions.The issue is one that is fundamental to British democracy. Did the Metropolitan Police make a […]

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GLA grills Met Police today over electoral fraud inaction

GLA grills Met Police today over electoral fraud inaction

By on February 9, 2017 in Investigations, Meetings, News, Voting Fraud with 0 Comments

This morning the Greater London Authority Police and Crime Committee have invited the Metropolitan Police along to City Hall to have a little chat.The subject is one that is close to the hearts of any law-abiding Tower Hamlets resident, how the Met Police go about tackling allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice.Or more accurately how […]

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BBC London News – Lutfur Rahman is back (video)

BBC London News – Lutfur Rahman is back (video)

By on February 4, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

In response to the generous open invitation from Cllr. Mahbub ‘Selfie King Alam [LINK] to the launch of Lutfur Rahman’s new political party BBC London News sent along a very experience news reporter, Dan Freeman, to see what was going on.Below you can see the reception Dan received.And here is a key still from the […]

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Investigations

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

By on February 22, 2017 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets, Transport with 0 Comments

Analysis of the published results of the Transport for London (TfL) consultation into proposed changes of the 100 and 388 bus routes show that TfL is ignoring its own data and ignoring the wishes of Wapping residents.In the published consultation results TfL has combined the results of feedback on both the 100 and the 388 bus […]

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Did Met Police also decide not to prosecute Rahman’s Youth Services?

Did Met Police also decide not to prosecute Rahman’s Youth Services?

Last week’s questioning of the Metropolitan Police by the GLA Police and Crime Committee as to exactly why and how Lutfur Rahman dodged criminal charges has shed some light on what really happened.Only a full external inquiry will provide residents of Tower Hamlets with the truth.The case of Rahman not being prosecuted – or even investigated […]

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A ruthless search for the truth? Not in Tower Hamlets.

A ruthless search for the truth? Not in Tower Hamlets.

The below is the content of an article by Giles Broadbent of The Wharf entitled “A ruthless search for the truth. Not in Tower Hamlets” reproduced by kind permission of The Wharf”. You can read the original article here.  We read this article this morning and were very impressed by its clarity and eloquence – […]

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How to steal a (Tower Hamlets Mayoral) election – Infographic

How to steal a (Tower Hamlets Mayoral) election – Infographic

By on February 7, 2017 in Investigations, Voting Fraud with 0 Comments

In April 2015 Lutfur Rahman, the first directly elected Executive Mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, was found guilty of electoral fraud in the 2014 Mayoral election and banned from office for five years.For the first time Love Wapping can illustrate how his Tower Hamlets First party stole that election. Some aspects of this […]

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Application for Rahman’s new political party to be subjected to ‘forensic review’

Application for Rahman’s new political party to be subjected to ‘forensic review’

By on February 4, 2017 in Corruption, News, Politics with 0 Comments

The Government has requested that Lutfur Rahman’s application to register his new political party, Tower Hamlets Together, be subjected to a ‘forensic review’ by the Electoral Commission.During a speech at the Tally Ho Conference Centre, Birmingham to members of the Electoral Commission and the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 3rd February Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for […]

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Half of all UK voting fraud allegations reported in Tower Hamlets

Half of all UK voting fraud allegations reported in Tower Hamlets

By on January 31, 2017 in Investigations, Voting Fraud with 0 Comments

Out of 455 allegations of electoral fraud that have been reported to Scotland Yard in the last five years half came from Tower Hamlets.The figures are contained in published correspondence between Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and Steve O’Connell, Chairman of the GLA Police and Crime Committee the statutory body that keeps an eye on the […]

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Wildlife

Parakeet parade in Wapping Gardens

Parakeet parade in Wapping Gardens

By on November 29, 2016 in Birds, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Very cold nights usually lead to lovely bright and clear mornings, perfect for our Wildlife Rangers to indulge in one of their favourite occupations, photographing parakeets. Our Rangers are so keen that they almost got up early this morning but they overslept so they didn’t.If Kevin the Kingfisher was gracing Wapping Canal with its presence […]

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Kingfisher spotted flying along Thames foreshore at Wapping

Kingfisher spotted flying along Thames foreshore at Wapping

By on September 18, 2016 in Kingfisher, News, Wildlife with 0 Comments

At last! After a long Kingfisher drought in Wapping one of the spectacular little birds was seen flying along the Thames foreshore at around 8am this morning.As ever our Wildlife Rangers (South Wapping Division) were out on patrol bright and early (well, early) and their dedication was rewarded. A solitary crowOur Rangers attention had been caught […]

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Mr Burns gets his (Tesco) sprats

Mr Burns gets his (Tesco) sprats

By on August 13, 2016 in Grey Heron, Photographs with 0 Comments

The entire Love Wapping management and editorial team wish to apologise for this week’s excess of heavy duty electoral corruption stories and make amends by bringing you some photographs of one of our Wapping Wildlife favourites – Mr Burns!Mr Burns is one, possibly all, of our local Wapping grey herons who can usually be seen […]

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Swarm of Wapping bees spotted in Vaughan Way E1W

Swarm of Wapping bees spotted in Vaughan Way E1W

By on July 16, 2016 in News, Wildlife with 0 Comments

The Love Wapping Wildlife Rangers are, despite their job title, not very good at spotting wildlife and so their complete and abject failure to see a swarm of bees yesterday should come as no surprise to anyone.Many thanks to Wapping Sourdough who spotted the bees being very busy and told our Rangers.The swarm of bees […]

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The Killer Coots of Limehouse

The Killer Coots of Limehouse

By on July 6, 2016 in Wildlife with 0 Comments

The coots (Fulica atra) we see on the water in and around Wapping and the Thames are lovely, fluffy and ruthless killers.The series of photographs below show how a pair of coots attack another lone coot when it encroached on their territory at Limehouse Marina.All three coots were inside the lock entrance to marina and […]

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Kingfishers spotted at Shadwell Basin

Kingfishers spotted at Shadwell Basin

By on July 6, 2016 in Kingfisher, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Kingfishers have been seen early in the morning at Shadwell Basin. It seems these amazing birds are best spotted at first light up until around six a.m.If you don’t know what first light is – we can’t help you.The Shadwell Basin anglers have spotted them very recently so they should still be around.It is not […]

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Corruption

Want to vote in Tower Hamlets? Then prove who you say you are

Want to vote in Tower Hamlets? Then prove who you say you are

By on December 27, 2016 in Corruption, Politics with 0 Comments

Tower Hamlets is to be one of the first local authorities to trial a scheme to stop voting fraud by requiring voters to provide proof of identity.The voting ID pilot comes because of the corrupt electoral practise of Lutfur Rahman and the subsequent review of electoral fraud in the UK by Sir Eric Pickles, ‘Securing the Ballot’.‘A […]

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Tower Hamlets corruption – only 24 hours left to submit your allegations

Tower Hamlets corruption – only 24 hours left to submit your allegations

By on December 7, 2016 in Corruption, News, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

Anyone with knowledge of corruption in Tower Hamlets only has 24 hours to submit their allegations to the Council’s Clear-Up Team. Please tell the independent investigation team what you know before midday tomorrow Wednesday 8 December 2016.LW has been busy getting its own documentation in order for the Clean-Up people and we have been advised […]

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You only have until 8th December to report issues to ‘Clear Up’ project

You only have until 8th December to report issues to ‘Clear Up’ project

By on November 21, 2016 in Corruption, Crime & Policing with 0 Comments

Residents, partners, stakeholders and employees of Tower Hamlets Council only have a couple of weeks, until 8th December,  to tell the Council’s ‘Clear Up’ project what they know about corruption and wrongdoing in the Borough.  James Richardson, a secondee to the Council from the Civil Service, has been appointed as the Clear Up Project Manager and is […]

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Help clean up Tower Hamlets – tell Jim what you know

Help clean up Tower Hamlets – tell Jim what you know

By on October 6, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments

In a previous post details of the dedicated Council ‘Clear Up’ team were described in a further attempt by Mayor John Biggs administration to rid the borough of the corruption of the previous Mayor’s corruption. The team will investigate outstanding allegations which may have taken place between October 2010 and June 2016.It is worth knowing that if for some […]

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Mayor establishes independent corruption ‘Clear Up’ team

Mayor establishes independent corruption ‘Clear Up’ team

By on September 16, 2016 in Corruption, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

In an attempt to bring to a close the most shameful period of Tower Hamlet’s history the Council is setting up a ‘Clear Up’ team to rid the borough of the last of Rahman’s corruption.The team will investigate outstanding allegations which may have taken place between October 2010 and June 2016.To submit an allegation about […]

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Golds increases pressure on Met Police to explain corruption inaction

Golds increases pressure on Met Police to explain corruption inaction

By on August 26, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments

Cllr. Peter Golds has written to the Metropolitan Police to ask for a meeting with the electoral petitioners and key stake holders to explain why they were not asked to provide evidence in the recent Met “investigation” into corruption in Tower Hamlets. His letter comes hard on the heels of the publication of ‘Securing the Ballot’ […]

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Swans

Limehouse cygnets enjoying a porridge oats breakfast

Limehouse cygnets enjoying a porridge oats breakfast

By on June 7, 2016 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

While the Wapping swans have only managed to breed one cygnet this year the Limehouse swans have four cygnets. We sent our Wildlife Documentary Team over to Limehouse to prove that there is wildlife in other parts of the East End apart from Wapping E1W.Parents keeping a very careful guard over their latest brood. Swans love porridge […]

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Goose annoys swan, swan chases goose (photos)

Goose annoys swan, swan chases goose (photos)

By on April 19, 2016 in Photographs, Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

The Wapping swans may only have the one cygnet this year but they protect their territory with the same resolution as ever. This afternoon one of our visiting geese made the mistake of enjoying a slow cruise along the canal in the late afternoon sunshine. Result? See below.All as normal. 

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Wapping swans – only one cygnet this year

Wapping swans – only one cygnet this year

By on April 12, 2016 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

It seems that only one of the nine eggs that the Wapping swans laid on their nest has hatched. Sad news that it is we should all consider ourselves lucky we have these lovely animals in our community and make sure we keep an eye out for them.Thanks to everyone who has not revealed the location […]

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Wapping swans have six eggs on the nest

Wapping swans have six eggs on the nest

By on March 8, 2016 in Swans with 0 Comments

Our Wapping swans have six eggs on their nest and, as our swans tend to breed earlier than most places, it is highly likely we will have some new cygnets soon.Our Wildlife Rangers have been carrying out checks on the nest twice a day recently and as ever it is good to see lots of other […]

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The Wapping cygnets are flying away (photos)

The Wapping cygnets are flying away (photos)

By on July 30, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife

The Wapping cygnets are all grown up now (well, almost) and they are beginning to fly away. One has already left so if you want to see them before they go best you get down to Wapping canal now.It only seems a few weeks ago that they were born. For those of you who can’t make […]

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Mystery as Wapping ducklings fall victim to mysterious predator

Mystery as Wapping ducklings fall victim to mysterious predator

By on March 28, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Update 13:02 hrs Saturday – Eel sighting confirmed!First there were ten. Then there were five. Then four. Then one.Now? None.The Wapping ducklings have disappeared.But who or what is responsible? The answer may surprise and shock you.Before blame is laid it should be pointed out that mother duck (pictured above) is pretty useless as mums go. […]

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Data Stories

Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

By on September 13, 2016 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

One part of ridding Tower Hamlets of a corrupt mayor in 2014 was the proof that council grants were being made on the basis of who you voted for, not what you needed. This was done using ‘Open Data’ published on the council’s website.It is ironic that over a year later, with a democratically elected Labour […]

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DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

The Commissioners sent in by Eric Pickles to sort out Tower Hamlets council have begun to publish the results of their work on the Main Stream Grants (MSG) shambles.Have a look at the bar chart below to see which organisation’s projects have been stopped. Grant funding with ‘red’ status are the ones in – you […]

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Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

By on October 26, 2014 in Data Stories, Investigations with 0 Comments

Using data from End Child Poverty this map shows the variation in child poverty across Tower Hamlets.  At 49% overall our borough has the highest rate in London.For further context on this subject please see Grants Distribution by Ward.This map is best viewed in full screen.  

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Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

Tower Hamlets is not the richest borough in London. Our children have to endure some of the highest rates of poverty in the entire country. As part of the continuing analysis of the manner in which the current Tower Hamlets First administration distributes grants across wards the illustration below shows four key quality of life […]

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Mainstream Grant funding increases

Mainstream Grant funding increases

One of the many problems of trying to make sense of how Tower Hamlets Council allocates grants is that the documentation is inconsistent. An example of this is the main PDF file that refers to the allocation of Mainstream Grants (MSG) awards,  01c Appendix 1 Collated Reports by funding stream for Cabinet Final – 301112.pdf  [PDF […]

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Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

Spitalfields and Banglatown is the smallest ward in Tower Hamlets with a population* of 10,286 people. Analysis by Love Wapping indicates that each resident of Spitalfields and Banglatown benefits from £107 of grants from Tower Hamlets Council.By contrast residents of Millwall, with 23,083 residents the largest ward in the borough, only get £2.30 each in grants.  Click on the […]

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Previously on Love Wapping...

Response to BBC Local Democracy Reporters Scheme (LDRS)

By on February 22, 2017 in Comment with 0 Comments
Response to BBC Local Democracy Reporters Scheme (LDRS)

The BBC Local Democracy Reporters Scheme (LDRS) is a proposal for the BBC to fund the employment by qualifying local news organisations of 150 local democracy reporters across the UK who will focus solely on local authorities and councils.  In addition to this the plans also include the creation of a News Bank- including audio and […]

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Wapping car crashes – email Jim Fitzpatrick MP with your views

By on February 21, 2017 in Car crashes, Crime & Policing with 0 Comments
Wapping car crashes – email Jim Fitzpatrick MP with your views

Our MP for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick was following the report on twitter yesterday of the car crash in Vaughan Way that many people witnessed. Jim has requested that constituents email him at jim.fitzpatrick.mp@parliament.uk with their views on the crash and other crashes that have plagued us recently as well as any other ASB issues that concern you (like […]

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Cllr. Golds takes Electoral Commission to task over Tower Hamlets Together

Cllr. Golds takes Electoral Commission to task over Tower Hamlets Together

Lutfur Rahman is attempting his political comeback using the ruse of attempting to register ‘Tower Hamlets Together’ as a new political party with the Electoral Commission. For those who do not know Lutfur Rahman’s previous political party was called ‘Tower Hamlets First’.Original, huh? Lutfur Rahman’s nemesisFew people in Tower Hamlets know more about the ducking […]

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Another day, another car crash in Wapping

By on February 20, 2017 in Crime & Policing with 0 Comments
Another day, another car crash in Wapping

Yet another car crash today, this time in Vaughan Way, Wapping E1W. The precise circumstances are unknown but a resident kindly provided us with the information below based on what they saw.  at the bottom of the page you will see a Storify timeline of tweets from local residents to fill in some of the […]

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