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War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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HS2 Ltd bought up 70 new flats

HS2 Ltd buys new homes for Camden residents facing house demolition

Half of all Camden residents who have houses earmarked for demolition as part of the construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link have been found new homes - allaying fears they would have to leave the borough.

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Cllr Sarah Hayward. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Council leader Sarah Hayward and Sir Keir Starmer bid to replace Frank Dobson

Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward and former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer will go head-to-head in a battle to replace Labour’s outgoing Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson at next year’s general election.

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Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government would not support the Double Deck Down 2 design. Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Blow as government refuses to support Camden-backed HS2 Euston station design

Efforts to save hundreds of Camden residents from seeing their homes demolished have been dealt a blow after the government revealed it would not be supporting a community-backed design for the redevelopment of Euston station.

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Highgate Society vice-president Michael Hammerson and Heath and Hampstead Society trustee Douglas Maxwell face a legal battle over the future of Athlone House (pictured). Picture: Polly Hancock

Hampstead and Highgate facing ‘planning apocalypse’ amid biggest upheaval in history

An onslaught of development battles poses the greatest threat to the landscape of Hampstead and Highgate in history according to two prominent conservation societies – in what has been dubbed a “planning apocalypse”.

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Chris Naylor

‘People of Camden Town and Primrose Hill now care more about politics,’ says ex-councillor

Former Camden Town with Primrose Hill councillor Chris Naylor, 58, believes residents became more engaged with local politics in his eight years in office.

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Frank Dobson MP and Cllr Sarah Hayward with Drummond Street traders who say they are under threat from HS2 proposals. Picture: Polly Hancock

Drummond Street traders issue HS2 warning as they submit petition to parliament

Camden business owners joined their MP and council leader on a visit to parliament yesterday as Camden Council handed in its petition highlighting its concerns over the impact of the High Speed 2 rail link.

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One of the proposed designs for Euston station that has surfaced

Euston station plans hang in the balance as overseas developers move in

The future of Euston station continues to hang in the balance amid concerns from campaigners that the interests of private developers and property speculators are winning over senior political figures.

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Camden Labour launch their 2014 election manifesto. Pictured front centre, Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward with Labour MP Dame Tessa Jowell. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Council election manifestos: Camden Labour to build ‘6,000 homes and four primary schools’

The tagline for Camden Labour’s 2014 local election manifesto is “making a difference in tough times”.

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Shopkeeper Phil Cowan is one of three independent candidates standing for election to Camden Council

The independents bidding for election to Camden Council on a protest ticket

Shopkeeper Phil Cowan, a familiar face in the campaign to protect Primrose Hill’s indie businesses, is one of three independent candidates bidding for a council seat later this month.

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Camden Labour launch their 2014 election manifesto. Pictured front centre, Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward with Labour MP Dame Tessa Jowell. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Dame Tessa Jowell launches Camden Labour manifesto - but pledges support for HS2

Labour MP Dame Tessa Jowell launched the party’s council election manifesto in Camden last night but insisted she supported HS2, despite her local colleagues’ opposition.

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Anti-HS2 campaigners from Camden join hundreds in protest outside parliament on Monday. Picture: Polly Hancock

What’s your future MP’s stance on HS2? Pledges from the Hampstead and Kilburn contenders

Parliamentary candidates for Hampstead and Kilburn give the Ham&High readers their views on MPs voting in favour of the High Speed 2 rail link.

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Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Picture: PA

MPs reject pleas from Camden campaigners to halt HS2

The High Speed 2 rail link took a major step forward as MPs voted to pass the HS2 Hybrid Bill through its second reading yesterday.

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Glenda Jackson MP

Camden’s MPs set to vote on HS2 Bill - who do you agree with?

See how your MP will vote as the High Speed 2 rail bill gets its second reading in parliament today.

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Campaigners from SOS Camden and Save Camden from HS2 join the protest outside parliament today. Picture: Tulip Siddiq

Camden campaigners join hundreds of HS2 protesters outside parliament

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside parliament today to urge MPs to abandon the High Speed 2 rail link.

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Former Conservative vice-chairman Michael Fabricant has tabled an amendment designed to derail the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill. Picture: PA

HS2: Government faces rebellion from senior Tories over High Speed 2 rail plans

The government is facing a rebellion today over proposals to build a £50 billion high-speed rail link between London and the north of England.

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Camden Council's assistant chief executive Sarah Mullen will leave her position at the town hall in July. Picture: Danny Robinson

Assistant chief exec of Camden Council resigns: ‘It’s time for a change in direction’

The assistant chief executive of Camden Council has resigned after five and a half years.

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Cllr Sarah Hayward. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward confident of strengthening Labour control in election

Council leader Cllr Sarah Hayward believes the Labour administration can strengthen its overall majority, after four years of investment in the face of government “persecution”.

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Magnus Nielsen is standing as a UKIP candidate in West Hampstead

Camden Ukip chairman pledges to prioritise housing and school places for ‘born and bred’ Camden families

Families “born and bred” in Camden should get priority for housing and school places, the chairman of Camden Ukip says.

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Joggers on Hampstead Heath last Friday, as London Ambulance Service has seen a rise in the number of people calling 999 for help with breathing difficulties, asthma and heart problems. Picture: Yui Mok

Efforts to reduce air pollution in Camden ‘hampered’ by HS2, campaigners claim

Efforts to reduce air pollution in Camden will be “seriously hampered” by the proposed construction of the High Speed 2 rail line, according to the council and environmental campaigners.

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Cllr Simon Marcus. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Tory parliamentary candidate Simon Marcus launches ‘Yes/No’ referendum on HS2

The Conservative parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn has launched a referendum on HS2 asking every resident in the constituency for a “Yes/No” vote on the controversial project.

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Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd Ben Ruse

Comment: Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd tells Camden residents why they should welcome HS2

Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd tells readers of the Ham&High why the High Speed 2 rail project is good news for Camden.

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Camden Council leader Cllr Sarah Hayward joins campaigners at an anti-HS2 protest this week

Anti-HS2 campaigners vow to fight ‘private land grab’ at Euston

Campaigners in Camden have vowed to continue fighting against the High Speed 2 rail project – despite news that the HS2 link threatening to decimate Camden Town would be dropped.

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Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a section of the HS2 rail link in Camden will be scrapped. Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Transport secretary axes section of HS2 rail link that threatened Camden markets

Transport secetary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a controversial section of the HS2 rail link which would have decimated Camden Town for a decade has been scrapped.

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A high speed train

HS2’s impact on Camden: Ward by ward how high speed rail link will affect you

The High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link will see the borough transformed into a densely populated building site, with thousands of construction workers, hundreds of HGVs and a fleet of cranes making it their new home for the next 10 years.

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Cllr Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council, speaks out about the 'devastation' of HS2 at a public meeting in January. Picture: Polly Hancock

Camden Council: ‘We must continue to fight HS2, the Higgins report is a pyrrhic victory’

The leader of Camden Council has said the fight against HS2 must continue - describing a report recommending changes to the controversial high speed rail link as a ‘pyrrhic victory’ for the borough.

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File photo dated 1/2/08 of a general view of Euston Railway Station in central London as plans to knock down and completely rebuild Britain's sixth-busiest railway station as part of the HS2 high-speed project have been scrapped.

HS2 boss recommends bigger Euston station under plan to cut £50billion cost of high speed rail link

The boss of HS2 has recommended reconsidering a controversial section of the route that would decimate parts of Camden Town as he challenged politicians to pave the way for faster building of the new high speed-line to reduce costs.

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Chairman of HS2 Ltd Sir David Higgins. Picture: David Parry

HS2 boss calls for rail link threatening Camden markets to be axed

The new head of the High Speed Rail 2 project has urged parliament to axe a controversial link set to run through Camden Town and instead focus on a major redevelopment of Euston station.

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The new team will join Camden Council in helping represent their views on HS2. Picture: Dieter Perry

Camden Council hires giant global PR firm in battle against HS2

Camden Council has upped the ante in its campaign against the government’s High Speed 2 rail link after forking out £250,000 to hire a team of legal, PR and rail experts.

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Robert Linger, Tony Hillier, Jessica Learmond Criqui and Richard Price from the Heath and Hampstead Society and the Hampstead Shops Campaign deliver a letter and petition to Number 10 Downing Street against HS2 plans. Picture: Polly Hancock

HS2 bosses accused of ‘hanging Camden out to dry’ as battle over future of Euston station grows

Camden Council has accused the state-owned company spearheading the High Speed 2 rail link of “hanging Camden out to dry” as the battle over the future of Euston station gathers pace.

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Suzi Martin

Comment: HS2 will change the face of rock ‘n’ roll Camden forever

A scene is unfolding in the heart of Camden with which I am all too familiar.

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Sarah Hayward

Comment: Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward dismisses HS2 ‘nimby’ label

Camden Council’s position on HS2 is clear – we strongly oppose the government’s plans and are fighting tooth and nail to get a better deal for our community.

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Supporters of SOS Camden campaign in Primrose Hill to raise awareness of the negative impacts of HS2 on Camden. Picture: Polly Hancock

COMMENT: Peter Jones from campaign group SOS Camden blasts ‘shameless’ HS2 execs

What do you do when a new government-sponsored company moves into your neighbourhood claiming to bring regeneration, jobs and future benefit?

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SOS Camden campaigners in Primrose Hill raising awareness of the negative impacts of HS2 in Camden, including Peter Jones (second from left). Picture: Polly Hancock

Trivial: That’s HS2’s view of opponents stunned by ‘furry animals’ jibe

A senior High Speed 2 rail spokesman has described opponents of the controversial £50billion project as “people who care about little furry animals or markets or ponds of newts”.

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Camden Lock Market. Picture: Polly Hancock

The ‘decade of disruption’ - a breakdown of how HS2 will affect Camden and your community

The High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link will see the borough transformed into a densely populated building site, with thousands of construction workers, hundreds of HGVs and a fleet of cranes making it their new home for the next 10 years.

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Former MEP Stanley Johnson, who has been vocal about the impact of HS2 on his own house in Primrose Hill, has branded the £50 compensation payment 'absurd'.  Picture: Polly Hancock

Earth beneath your house is worth just £50 say High Speed 2 rail bosses

The government will pay just £50 in exchange for permanent ownership and control of the earth beneath people’s homes as plans to build the High Speed 2 rail link under parts of Camden steam ahead.

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Meeting at Primrose Hill Primary School yesterday evening

Guerrilla protests, impromptu road closures and mass demonstrations ‘on the way’ as Camden takes HS2 fight to new level

Guerrilla protests, impromptu road closures and mass marches could all soon be heading to Camden as campaign and resident groups start coordinating their opposition to the High Speed 2 rail link.

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Heath Street is one of the roads that will see significant increases in HGV traffic. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Hampstead takes High Speed 2 rail fight straight to David Cameron

Shopkeepers, business owners and residents in Hampstead have vowed to take their fight against the government’s controversial High Speed 2 rail link straight to the Prime Minister after launching a petition calling for the project to be scrapped.

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hs2 train

Rush to find homes for Camden residents turfed out by HS2

Camden’s rock and heavy metal super-fans face being turfed out of their favourite pub as the council re-houses those left homeless by the construction of the High Speed 2 rail-link.

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Stanley Johnson delivering Churchillian speech against HS2 at Cecil Sharp House yesterday evening. Picture: Polly Hancock

‘Man the barricades, Camden - it’s war!’ - Stanley Johnson and co rally star-studded audience against HS2

Hundreds of Camden residents joined shoulder-to-shoulder with the borough’s rich and famous to shout out about the “decade of disruption” that could be heading their way as part of the HS2 rail link project.

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hs2 train

Rallying call issued to Hampstead residents over fears of having HS2 ‘devastation’ ignored

Residents in Hampstead have been warned time is running out to have their views on the High Speed 2 rail-link heard as campaigners fear they could be ignored during council negotiations with the government.

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Education See all

JFS has been downgraded from Ofsted 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement' (pic credit: Google Maps)

Ofsted downgrade Jewish school in Kenton following indoctrination claims

A Jewish school in Kenton has been downgraded by education watchdogs after an unannounced inspection following a claim that pupils were being taught extremist orthodox views.

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High Speed 2 See all

War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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Obituaries See all

Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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