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  • M&S hits back at Gove for “political grandstanding” over delay to Marble Arch redevelopment decision

    M&S hits back at Gove for “political grandstanding” over delay to Marble Arch redevelopment decision

    Marks and Spencer accused Michael Gove of “grandstanding” after he announced the Marble Arch redevelopment would be subject to a public inquiry. The company, which has had a 90-year presence at its flagship location, said it was “bewildered and disappointed” at the Secretary of State’s decision to call in the application, and The programme was […]

  • Rail strikes: Widespread disruption expected from tomorrow on Tube and National Rail

    Rail strikes: Widespread disruption expected from tomorrow on Tube and National Rail

    Widespread disruption is expected on both the Tube and National Rail network from tomorrow as RMT strikes are set to go ahead. Three 24 hour walkouts are planned on National Rail on June 21, 23 and 25, with a further strike on all Underground lines on Tuesday. Passengers are being advised to avoid travelling on […]

  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Map of celebrations in Westminster

    The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Map of celebrations in Westminster

    Thousands are getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend. As well as the focal point of national celebrations of the Queen’s 70-year-reign, Westminster will also play to host to over 10 street parties, although the Council has refused to disclose the exact number. Over 2000 events are taking […]

  • Nickie Aiken: Westminster MP calls on Boris Johnson to call vote of no confidence to “end speculation”

    Nickie Aiken: Westminster MP calls on Boris Johnson to call vote of no confidence to “end speculation”

    The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster has called on Boris Johnson to call a vote of no confidence in order to “end speculation” about his future. While believing his apology for Partygate to be “genuine”, Nickie Aiken acknowledged that scandal had “damaged the Government and the Conservative Party”. However she stopped short […]

  • Bird spikes to be removed from trees after animal welfare backlash

    Bird spikes to be removed from trees after animal welfare backlash

    Bird spikes will be removed from trees in Westminster, following a backlash from animal welfare groups. The use of the bird spikes was condemned after attention was drawn to some installed on trees in Hanover Square, Mayfair. Bird control spikes are used by several local authorities as a means of dispersing pigeons without intending to […]

  • Marylebone Indian restaurant gets food hygiene rating of zero after mice droppings found in kitchen

    Marylebone Indian restaurant gets food hygiene rating of zero after mice droppings found in kitchen

    An iconic Marylebone Indian restaurant has received a scathing food hygiene inspection. Mumtaz, on Park Road near the Regent’s Park, received a food hygiene rating of zero, the lowest possible score, after mice droppings were discovered in the kitchen and food handling procedures were deemed poor. The inspection, carried out on March 12, uncovered that […]

  • Elizabeth Line: Crossrail in pictures

    Elizabeth Line: Crossrail in pictures

    On Tuesday, the long awaited and much delayed central section of the Elizabeth Line started operating. Less than two weeks before it’s namesake celebrates 70 years on the throne, the swish new royal purple signed railway finally got on track. The Elizabeth Line or Crossrail as it was formerly known, was first conceived in its […]

  • Hamza Taouzzale selected as new Lord Mayor of Westminster

    Hamza Taouzzale selected as new Lord Mayor of Westminster

    Westminster will have its first BAME and Muslim Lord Mayor, to be elected in session next week. Councillor Hamza Taouzzale, who represents Queen’s Park ward, will replace Andrew Smith who held the post since September 2021. Taouzzale, 22, who is of Moroccan heritage, will not only be Westminster’s first BAME Lord Mayor, but also it’s […]

  • New Westminster council cabinet unveiled

    New Westminster council cabinet unveiled

    The council leader elect has revealed his prospective cabinet for the new Labour run Westminster City Council. The appointment of the new team comes a week after Labour emerged as the majority party, putting leader of the party Adam Hug in the top position, to be formally confirmed in next week’s council session. Hug, who […]

  • What does the new council look like? Local election results in full

    What does the new council look like? Local election results in full

    Last week Labour took over Westminster Council in its first victory here since the local authority was created. In an extraordinary result, the Conservatives saw a net loss of 18 seats, while 13 turned red. Despite the dramatic recolouring of the ward map, the Tories’ overall vote share was down only by 0.8%, while Labour’s […]

  • Labour wins Westminster Council

    Labour wins Westminster Council

    Labour have taken control of Westminster Council as local election results saw the borough change hands for the first time in its history. Several prominent wards such as West End, Maida Vale and Hyde Park turned red as Westminster woke up to its first Labour Council since it was formed in 1964. The night also […]

  • Local election results as Labour win Westminster Council – live

    Local election results as Labour win Westminster Council – live

    Live updates as votes are counted in Westminster and all London boroughs. St James – CON Hold x3 Regent’s Park – CON Hold x3 Queen’s Park – LAB Hold x3 Westbourne – LAB Hold x3 Pimlico South – LAB Win x3 West End – LAB Win x3 Pimlico North – CON Win x3 Vincent Square […]

  • Council elections: Poll shows Westminster as “too close to call”

    Council elections: Poll shows Westminster as “too close to call”

    Live updates as Westminster heads to the polls in local elections.

  • Crossrail: Elizabeth line services to begin on May 24

    Crossrail: Elizabeth line services to begin on May 24

    Crossrail services on the Elizabeth line will start operating on May 24, TfL has announced. Trains will run 12 times an hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood, every 5 minutes from 6am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday. The much delayed line’s opening was originally slated for 2019, but was set back over the pandemic. TfL […]

  • Local elections: New poll suggests Conservatives on course to lose Westminster Council

    Local elections: New poll suggests Conservatives on course to lose Westminster Council

    The Conservatives are set to lose control of Westminster Council at Thursday’s local elections, according to a new poll. An MRP (multi level regression) poll conducted by Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now has predicted that Westminster will be one of five gains for Labour in Greater London, along with knife edge Wandsworth, Basildon, Barnet […]

  • Mayor of London refuses permission for Paddington 800 room student block

    Mayor of London refuses permission for Paddington 800 room student block

    The Mayor of London has refused to grant permission for a new student block in Paddington. Proposals for an 800 bed student block on Baltic Wharf were opposed by councillors in March, but were considered by Sadiq Khan following a request from the developers, Unite Students and Travis Perkins. The Mayor upheld the council decision […]

  • Labour election candidate criticised for photo showing gesture towards war memorial

    Labour election candidate criticised for photo showing gesture towards war memorial

    A Labour election candidate faced criticism over a photo she shared appearing to show her disrespecting war memorial. Iman Less, one of Labour’s candidates for Maida Vale, shared a photo of her raising a middle finger in front of the Guards Crimean War Memorial at Waterloo Place. The picture was captioned with the line “How […]

  • Soho streets cordoned off as Police deal with gas leak

    Soho streets cordoned off as Police deal with gas leak

    Several roads in Soho were cordoned off by police earlier today in order to deal with a gas leak on Poland Street. Police and firefighters attended the scene at 1.05pm shortly after the incident was reported. Around 400 people were evacuated from nearby buildings at 1.20pm shortly after the incident was reported, and several roads […]

  • Marylebone pub gets lowest hygiene rating after mouse droppings found in the kitchen

    Marylebone pub gets lowest hygiene rating after mouse droppings found in the kitchen

    A pub in Marylebone was given a food hygiene rating of zero after inspectors found mouse droppings on the premises. An inspection of The Cavendish on New Cavendish Street on February 21 uncovered poor pest control and a low standard of cleaning. A report from an environmental health officer from Westminster City Council stated that […]

  • Council says site next to Queen Mother Sports Centre has “strategic potential”

    Council says site next to Queen Mother Sports Centre has “strategic potential”

    The Council has said that its purchase of the site next to the Queen Mother Sports Centre was for an asset of “strategic potential”. But it also refused to rule out a future development involving the extension of the adjacent Pimlico leisure centre as soon as 2027, when there is a budget for it. The […]

  • Westminster Bridge attack: City marks five years since terror incident

    Westminster Bridge attack: City marks five years since terror incident

    Today marked five years since the terror attack on Westminster Bridge in March 2017. Politicians and members of the emergency services came together to mark the anniversary of the terror incident, which claimed six lives and left 49 injured. A plaque dedicated to the victims of the incident was unveiled today on the bridge in […]

  • Council faces long-term financial instability as Covid impact cuts income by £20 million

    Council faces long-term financial instability as Covid impact cuts income by £20 million

    Covid 19 has seen council income slashed by £20 million against pre pandemic levels, according a report. The document produced by the Westminster Scrutiny Commission also showed that the council had spent an additional £10m on Covid measures, including social distancing and protecting vulnerable groups. Repeated lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 saw a vast reduction […]

  • “We are absolutely full” Proposals for 800-bed student block meet widespread criticism as council rejects Paddington development

    “We are absolutely full” Proposals for 800-bed student block meet widespread criticism as council rejects Paddington development

    Proposals to build a student block near Paddington Basin were met with almost universal condemnation as they were rejected by councillors on Tuesday evening. The 20 storey, 768-bed building on Baltic Wharf was described as ‘monolithic’ as an avalanche of objections from the local and wider community were lodged on Tuesday night from the height […]

  • Council budget: Labour labels Westminster as “Putin’s piggybank” as Tories defend low tax and high satisfaction

    Council budget: Labour labels Westminster as “Putin’s piggybank” as Tories defend low tax and high satisfaction

    Labour councillors lined up to criticise the council budget over cuts to adult social services, parking charge increases and lack of action over Russian wealth in the city. Wednesday’s council budget meeting, the last before elections in May, saw both sides pitch their offer to voters. Council leader Rachael Robathan, however hailed high resident satisfaction […]

  • Nickie Aiken: PM must “face the consequences” if he broke the law

    Nickie Aiken: PM must “face the consequences” if he broke the law

    Nickie Aiken has hinted that she would call on Boris Johnson to resign if he was found to have broken the law over lockdown breaking parties. In a letter to constituents this evening, the MP for Cities of London and Westminster said she would wait for full Sue Gray report before deciding whether to withdraw […]

  • Johnson’s rebels are getting broader by the day

    Johnson’s rebels are getting broader by the day

    Well it didn’t take too long. Only 37 months after Tory MPs last turned on their leader, we’re discussing the prospect of another ‘no-confidence’ saga, maybe imminently, in May post local elections or by the end of year. Yet this time something feels very different. The last time 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady’s mailbox […]

  • Why essay mills pose more of a threat to education than plagiarism

    Why essay mills pose more of a threat to education than plagiarism

    Rule abiders and hard workers look away. For the 96% of students who play by the rules, essays mean spending countless hours scouring library shelves, cross referencing pages of notes and touching up bibliographies. But on average, at least one person in their class will have handed in their submission in a fraction of the […]