Philip Glanville on Hackney: what does it take to improve a place?

Philip Glanville has been Hackney’s directly elected Labour Mayor since September 2016 and before that was a Labour councillor in the borough for ten years, the last three of them as cabinet member for housing.  The […]


Hackney Marshes – football’s ‘greatest shrine’

One of my sons bought me a copy of London Fields by Charlie Connelly. It is, to quote its subtitle, a journey through football’s metroland, undertaken during the 1998-99 season, covering teams as diverse and unsung […]


Labour has become still stronger in London but weaknesses have been exposed

Competition over the meaning of Labour’s results on Thursday has been almost as fierce as the battle for votes itself, with the more fervent of Jeremy Corbyn’s admirers insisting that the party’s failure to hit […]


Andrew Boff: the future of housing in London looks small

Andrew Boff has been a Conservative member of the London Assembly since 2008 and before that a Conservative member of Hillingdon Council (1982-1994, including two years as leader) and of Hackney Council (2005-2006). He is […]


London leads the social mobility league, but there is much more to be done

As On London contributor Sam Stopp has rightly observed, London’s claims to greatness are undermined by its containing far too many people who struggle to make ends meet. Changing that is a major challenge for the city. But […]


Guest article: Green AM Caroline Russell on why Sadiq Khan should save Vittoria Wharf’s creative cluster

Caroline Russell is one of two Green Party members of the London Assembly and also the sole non-Labour member of Islington Council. This is her first piece for On London. London has an international reputation for […]


Cockney’tivity: the confecting of a ‘social cleansing’ row

Another day, another “social cleansing” article from the Guardian, whose news and opinion sections appear to be entirely at the service of anyone out there who can scare up some new iteration of that fatuous concept. “A theatre company […]


Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville deserves praise for ‘open discussions’ with residents

On Monday night I had the serious honour of chairing Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville’s very first Mayor’s Question Time before an audience of Hackney residents in the chamber of my home borough’s handsome Town Hall. Mayor […]