Hackney Lib Dems celebrating Eid at the Musallaa an-Noor Mosque
Hackney Lib Dem members Dave, Teresa, Geoff and Javed (and later on, not in photo, Alton), were proud to be invited to join in the Eid street party at this mosque on Dyenvor Road in N16. Great company and great food. Check out Teresa's henna tattoo!
The second London hustings between Ed Davey and Jo Swinson took place on Monday Night at the London School of Economics in Aldwych, and I was perched way up high in the gallery, so it was fortunate that both candidates were wired for sound and all the mics worked!
[Heads up - this is one of Ben's trademark long, rambling blog posts. Maybe put the kettle on!]
The Dalston quarter development site includes 4 sites that are owned by the Hackney council. Community lead discussions were recently held at Adida Antigha Centre on the Ridley Road markets, Eastern Curve Garden and the future of these Dalston sites.
Yes, these are sites of regeneration but how do we best create a model that has long term benefits for the community, environment and is economically viable? I was impressed by the idea of a Community Development Trust.
I recently attended a community engagement event held at Shacklewell Lane Mosque.
Arranged by the Met Police and UK Turkish Islamic Trust it was an evening event bringing together people, of all religions, faiths and walks of life. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast.
In the local elections on May 2nd, Liberal Democrats took control of Chelmsford City Council and I don't think it's exaggerating to say that having Team Hackney come to visit the weekend before poll made all the difference!
So with a parliamentary by-election in Peterborough just days away, we decided to try and repeat the magic by lending our support.