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Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone has been named the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s “ally of the year” by Pink News, the biggest gay news service in Britain.

Sheila Gunn

A former Camden councillor who served as press secretary to Sir John Major during a distinguished career in journalism and politics has died.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Picture: PA Archive/Sean Dempsey.

Communities came together for special events to mark the Jewish day of Shabbat as part of a new initiative spearheaded by the UK’s chief rabbi to engage Jews with the traditional holy day.

Dame Maggie Smith was filming on location in Primrose Hill for the film adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van. Picture: Alex Flood

Dame Maggie Smith dressed down for the day to reprise her role as a tramp in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s autobiographical play and novel, The Lady in the Van, which was filming at a café in Primrose Hill last Thursday.

Security staff outside the building. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

A crew of private security staff accompanied by two vans reportedly containing dogs swooped on a former convent building behind the Royal Free Hospital to remove squatters in the early hours of this morning.

Anyone setting off fireworks or Chinese lanterns on Primrose Hill will be arrested, police have said

Camden police have reminded those planning to make the trek up to Primrose Hill on Bonfire Night not to bring their own fireworks or Chinese lanterns over fears they could set light to nearby homes.

Residents of Quadrant Grove won what could be a landmark decision. Residents from left are Andrew Bache, Nicole Segre, Len Whiting, Khursheed Singh, Lynn Whiting, Barbara Thorndick, Lucinda Sturgis. Picture: Dieter Perry

Residents of a tiny street in Kentish Town have given hope to opponents of basement builds across London after winning what could be a landmark victory against their neighbour.

Porn star Rebecca More. Picture: Television X.

A porn star who was threatened with legal action by Camden Council if she entered the borough as part of a “sex tour of the UK” has slammed council bosses for overreacting.

Retail guru Mary Portas has written to Eric Pickles to protest against offices-to-homes conversions. Picture: Matt Crossick

Mary Portas, Alan Bennett and Baroness Joan Bakewell have joined fashion and digital business leaders in warning relaxed laws making it easier for offices to be converted into housing are “threatening to destroy many vibrant, mixed use communities forever”.

Crime & Court

Tue, 18:16

Disgraced MP Eric Joyce was arrested for the fifth time in four years following a reported fight at a Chalk Farm convenience store during which he allegedly assaulted a teenage boy.

Tue, 07:00
Shireen Jamil. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Historic plans to introduce a law for domestic violence with no statute of limitations – inspired by a Hampstead mother’s campaign – are set to be debated in the House of Lords today.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Marion Manheimer, whose parents ran The Cosmo, with John and Ursula Trafford and Frank Harding. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Courier fraudsters are having a tough time of it lately but it seems honest folk are increasingly wising up.

Health

Wed, 09:41

Children living in Camden and Haringey are enduring some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Gary Watts (second left) with fellow radiographers picketing at the Royal Free Hospital. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Radiographer Gary Watts took to the picket line along with colleagues on Monday in protest over the government’s refusal to approve a recommended 1 per cent payrise for NHS staff. Here Gary explains how a real terms decrease in wages has left his family close to going under.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Miquel Tomlinson says ending the stigma of having a mental health condition will mean more people will get the help they need. Picture: Nigel Sutton

It was five years ago that Archway resident Miquel Tomlinson first started hearing voices telling her to self-harm.

Environment

Friday, October 24, 2014

A community group determined to keep a prized piece of land known as Highgate Bowl out of the hands of developers is to become a charity in a bid to try to buy the green space.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Chris Underhill, Allan Rapley, Seyho Kurt, Jane Wiles,Thomas Hentges and Tala Gulamhusein are among several high street traders campaigning to get the camera removed. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Furious shopkeepers are campaigning to remove a “Big Brother” style traffic camera spying on motorists in Highgate, which they claim will drive trade away from the already struggling high-street.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Dad Ben Watt 'couldn't quite believe it' when daughter Alfie told him there was a scorpion in her bedroom

An unusual continental visitor with a sting in its tail was found lurking in a Hampstead home this week - and now the family who discovered it plan to hunt down more of the predators.

Politics

Yesterday, 17:45

Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone has been named the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s “ally of the year” by Pink News, the biggest gay news service in Britain.

Wed, 11:41
Retail guru Mary Portas has written to Eric Pickles to protest against offices-to-homes conversions. Picture: Matt Crossick

Mary Portas, Alan Bennett and Baroness Joan Bakewell have joined fashion and digital business leaders in warning relaxed laws making it easier for offices to be converted into housing are “threatening to destroy many vibrant, mixed use communities forever”.

Wed, 11:39
Officials in charge of the High Speed 2 rail project have withdrawn a 'misleading' advert following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority

Officials in charge of the High Speed 2 rail project withdrew a “grossly misleading” advert following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) by a Camden campaigner.

Education

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A poet returned to her old school to help children create edible art by writing on flying saucers and fruity mints.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The daily school-runs cause traffic queues in Fitzjohn's Avenue and Arkwright Road. Picture: St Anthony's School

A row has broken out over plans to expand a Hampstead school to improve pupil safety in a road described by frustrated residents as “plagued by school-runs”.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Julie Davies, Haringey NUT secretary, has been suspended by the council.

Teachers have voted to walk out on strike in two Haringey secondary schools after the half-term break in protest at the treatment of one of their union reps and a fall-out with headteachers.

Heritage

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A studio flat in Bloomsbury where comedian Kenneth Williams lived between 1956 and 1959, while he was working on radio comedy Hancock’s Half Hour, has come on the market.

Friday, October 10, 2014
The new face of George Orwell. Picture: Josh Stephens

The son of George Orwell has celebrated the return of his father to Hampstead after a plaque that was quite literally defaced was restored last week.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
2 Ivor Street. Picture: Fortean Times

It is an attractive but unremarkable terraced house in a quiet Camden Town backstreet, with nothing much to distinguish it from the neighbours.

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After staging an Ebola-themed night, a nightclub has been forced to make an apology after hundreds complained about the tasteless event.

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