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Showcasing inspirational women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – that’s the aim of Ada Lovelace Day, which took place on Tuesday 10 October. The day is named after Ada Lovelace, a pioneering 19th Century mathematician and the world’s first computer programmer.

The Deputy Mayor of Hackney has warned of a “hidden education crisis” – as a freeze in government funding for pupils with special educational needs means councils in London are being forced to plug a funding gap of £100m.

Young people from across Hackney quizzed the Mayor on everything from mental health to education at a meeting to mark Democracy Week.

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