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The MP for Tottenham spoke to The Independent about a short film project on social housing in the capital

Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner, believes a greater proportion of welfare spending needs to go to children

Smacking children should be illegal, says Children’s tsar Maggie Atkinson

Children’s Commissioner condemns current law for giving pets more rights than children

London school bans 'urban' slang words

Labour MP David Lammy backs the move despite social media backlash

The Labour MP David Lammy attacked the Coalition’s handling of the findings by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel

Labour MP David Lammy: burial of report on 2011 riots an insult to victims

The Government has been accused of “insulting” the victims of the 2011 summer riots by burying their formal response to a report on the unrest and failing to act on its 63 recommendations.

Half of London's police stations could be closed

Nearly half of Scotland Yard's police stations could be closed as the force embarks on savage spending cuts to save £500m.

Omer and Shefika Mehmet, pictured outside their workshop

The forgotten victims of the London riots who 'have no future'

A regeneration plan for Tottenham is too little, too late, says one family who lost its livelihood

Paul Zimmermann - musician, magistrate and civil servant

Life remembered: Paul Zimmermann

Paul Zimmermann was a musician, magistrate and civil servant, with a larger-than-life personality and a physique to match. He relished life and lived it to the full, despite many years of uncertain health.

700 riot victims still waiting for compensation

More than 700 victims of last year's riots are still waiting for their claims for compensation to be looked at nine months after the disturbances, official figures show, despite promises from David Cameron to get businesses "back up and running quickly".

All in a Don's Day, By Mary Beard

How to bring history to life by misbehaving in the library

Police's 'sorry' to parents of Mark Duggan

The police watchdog has upheld a complaint by the family of Mark Duggan that they were not told he had been shot dead by officers.

A new routemaster double decker bus passes Piccadilly Circus in London on its first first day of service

Ding ding, all aboard. The Routemaster returns to London

At 1.33pm today, the bright new hope of London’s transport network finally reached its terminus at Victoria station. The six-mile journey aboard the new Routemaster on route 38 from Hackney in east London had taken longer than a Eurostar train from the capital to Lille in northern France.

MP David Lammy addresses last week’s meeting at Downhills. Head Leslie Church, centre, later resigned

Head quits over Gove's academy ambitions

Governors defiant over 'hit list' as popular headteacher stands aside

David Lammy suggested curbs on physical discipline may have contributed to last summer’s riots

Smacking children 'causes long-term damage'

Smacking and other violent forms of discipline are likely to be harmful to the long-term development of children, a study into the effects of physical punishment has claimed.

David Lammy surveys the damage in Tottenham following the riots

Riots could happen again, warns Tottenham MP

The MP for Tottenham, where rioting triggered this summer's eruption of looting in English cities, has warned that conditions are ripe for trouble to break out again next year.

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25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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