Forthcoming Weekly Surgery dates


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During our campaign, we promised to make ourselves available to help you with the day to day problems that arise. Below are the forthcoming dates for our weekly advice surgery.

→ Weekly surgery dates

Tuesday 16th May 2017

5.45pm – 6.45pm, The Green Box

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

5.45pm – 6.45pm, Artizan St Library

Tuesday 30th May 2017

5.45pm – 6.45pm, The Green Box

Tuesday 6th June 2017

 5.45pm – 6.45pm, Artizan St Library

You can also contact us using the contact form below:


Portsoken Labour Councillors announce new deal to offer English Practice lessons to residents


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Develop and improve your English language skills with English Practice Lessons.

Councillors Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali are pleased to announce an exclusive deal to offer low cost English lessons to Portsoken residents.

If English is not your first language you can now join low cost classes in Central London and learn English with trainee teachers who are learning to teach. You practise your English, they practise their teaching. The classes will be run in the afternoon and evening and your councillors have secured a 50% discount for any residents looking to register.

Classes can be booked in the afternoon:

Monday-Friday, 2 hours per day (1.30pm-3.30pm or 4.00pm-6.00pm)

and evening:

Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, 2 hours per day (6.30pm-8.30pm)

To register your interest and find out more information please email:

International House Trust is a registered charity trading as International House London


Next ‘Happy to Chat’ Conversation Club Date Announced


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Following a very positive first ‘Happy to Chat’ Club earlier this month, Councillors Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali are pleased to announce that the next session of this new social club will take place on Tuesday 16th May at the Kahaila Cafe in Portsoken.

‘Happy to Chat’ is a new conversation club in Aldgate that aims to bring people together, young and old, and to create dialogue and understanding between people. Come and meet other people and share your stories.

There will be hot drinks and cakes available to purchase in the café.

You are invited to our ‘Happy to Chat’ conversation club. Come join the conversation…

Time: 16:15pm – 17:15pm

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2017

Location: Kahaila Café, 7-8 Harrow Place, London E1 7DB

For more information see

First ‘Happy to Chat’ Conversation Club is a big success!


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Yesterday afternoon we had our first ‘Happy to chat’ conversation club in Portsoken. The afternoon was a real success and everyone seemed to enjoy it. This new club aims to bring people together, young and old, and to create dialogue and understanding between people from different backgrounds. The conversation club was inspired by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which aims to tackle the silent epidemic of loneliness. Big thanks to James Lattimer and IH London students for their help in making the first session a big success! Watch this space for future dates!

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Update on Massage Parlours


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A Committee report has now been published on the City of London website in response to the massage parlour petition handed in last week by Portsoken Councillors Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali. The report entitled ‘Enforcement Action taken against non-compliant massage parlours and sex establishments’ has been prepared by the Director of Markets and Consumer Protection Peter Davenport and will now be considered by Port Health & Environmental Services Committee members at their meeting on the 9th May. To read the report in full please click below:

Public reports pack 09th-May-2017 13.45 Port Health Environmental Services Committee – Massage Parlours

Update on Business Rates


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In March 2017, Labour’s Munsur Ali and Jason Pritchard spoke to small businesses in Portsoken and collected signatures for a business-led petition. The petition, which was started by the East End Trades Guild, called on the government to halt the implementation of the new business rate hikes. The final petition, which gathered a total of 10,562 signatures, was handed in to 10 Downing Street by local small business owner Paul Gardner of Spitalfields alongside John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Philip Glanville Mayor of Hackney, and Meg Hillier MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.

Read on for an update on business rates from EETG organiser Krissie NicolsonContinue reading

Update on ‘affordable’ flats proposed for Petticoat Square


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Good news! On 6th April, Middlesex Street residents were sent a letter from the City of London informing them of an application (17/00250/FULLR3) to convert some of the shop fronts on the podium into “nine one bedroom affordable flats”.

Full details were as follows:

’75, 79, 85, 89, 95 & 97 Middlesex Street & 2 & 14 Gravel Lane, London, E1 7DA Change of use from shop use (Class A1) (upper level retail storage) to residential use (Class C3) comprising of nine one bedroom affordable flats at podium level and associated external works.’

Some existing tenants have contacted me to say that they were concerned that if rent at these flats was set at an ‘affordable’ rate i.e. cost no more than 80% of the average local market rent, then they would not be very affordable at all.

I have contacted the case officer dealing with this application earlier this week and they have today reported back that “The City’s Housing and Commercial Development Manager has confirmed that the flats would be let at a social rent.”