How does the budget affect Hackney? The borough’s MPs are unimpressed

18 Mar , 2016  

Meg Hillier warned people in Hackney they face “more hidden pain” after George Osborne delivered  a budget which she claimed underlined the government’s neglect of “people at the rung of the ladder”. In what he termed “a budget for the next generation”, Chancellor George Osborne announced a sugar tax on soft drinks to help tackle […]

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Meg Hillier slates Osborne’s budget

16 Mar , 2016  

Meg Hillier has joined her fellow Hackney MP Diane Abbott in criticising George Osborne’s Budget. Speaking in the Commons shortly after the chancellor, Ms Hillier added her concerns about the Budget’s impact on Hackney to those raised by Diane Abbott exclusively to Hackney Post this afternoon. “I bet there is more hidden pain for many […]

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Jeremy Corbyn blasts Bishopsgate Goodsyard plan as “immoral and wrong”

8 Mar , 2016  

Jeremy Corbyn warned that a multi-million pound Shoreditch redevelopment will transform Hackney into Manhattan and lead to mass “social expulsion” from the borough. The Labour leader drew a parallel between New York and the Bishopsgate Goodsyard development, insisting that the predicted £1m price tag for a one bedroom flat will force more and more people […]

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Campaigners storm Hackney letting agents in housing benefit protest

4 Mar , 2016  

Campaigners stormed Hackney letting agents on Saturday to protest the “demonisation and discrimination” of housing benefit claimants by landlords in the borough. Over 100 campaigners, joined by Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier, attended a rally outside Hackney Town Hall on Saturday morning to demand an end to the alleged “blanket ban” imposed by […]

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Rus Shaw. Photo: Tech London Advocates


Tech City firms warn Brexit will cost London top talent

3 Mar , 2016  

Businesses in East London’s Tech City have spoken out against the possibility of Brexit ahead of the EU referendum this summer. Senior members of startups and e-commerce companies have blasted the prospect of Britain quitting the EU, which was given a major boost when London Mayor Boris Johnson joined the “Out” campaign last week. Brexit […]

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Can Meg Hillier throw her shade further than Diane Abbott?

23 Mar , 2015  

Last week we showed you Diane Abbott’s best shade-throwing moments. We wondered if Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier could compete with her death stare… Hillier is a little more reserved when it comes to shade: Some might say she’s a bit camera shy…   But she’s still had some sassy moments. Like when she […]

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Postal voting and tweeting


Which Hackney electoral candidate is winning on Twitter?

19 Mar , 2015  

There are less than two months left until the 2015 general election, and it is looking to be one of the most closely fought battles for leadership in a long time. Labour is currently only one per cent ahead of the Conservatives, reaching 34 per cent in the latest voting intention poll. Social media is […]

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Meg Hillier / Housing in Hackney


Meg Hillier: “I want to see action on affordable housing”

12 Mar , 2015  

London’s housing is in crisis and Hackney is the epicentre, writes MP Meg Hillier in a comment piece for the Hackney Post.  In my borough more people rent privately than own their property, while the majority rent from a council or housing association. Those who rent privately are spending more than half their wages on […]

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New towers set to plunge Tech City into darkness

11 Mar , 2015  

Campaigners fighting to stop developers “ripping the heart out of Shoreditch” have amassed almost 3000 petition signatures. The petition was started by Hackney mayor Jules Pipe, who has challenged plans, backed by Boris Johnson, to build a 48-storey deluxe housing complex. Will cost millions “These luxury flats, which are well beyond the reach of ordinary […]

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Politicians join row over Bishopsgate Goods Yard

27 Nov , 2014  

Politicians have joined residents in opposing plans to build a four-tower residential complex in the heart of Shoreditch. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, and Jennette Arnold, the London Assembly member for Hackney, have spoken out against the proposed redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goods Yard. Speaking to the Hackney Post yesterday, Ms Hillier said that […]

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