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Mayor John Biggs today held a meeting with representatives of the East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police, and Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets to discuss the recent provocations from Britain First and the legal options available to confront and block such incidents.

Following recent provocative actions of Britain First in Tower Hamlets, Mayor Biggs has led the response of the council, police, and other community safety partners, working with council officers to support the Mosque and ensure local people are protected. The Mayor publicly demanded stronger police action to tackle racist provocations, and the most recent appearance of Britain First saw two members being arrested.

In recognition of the widespread community demand for a ban, Tower Hamlets Council and the Metropolitan Police are considering the legal powers available to seek to block future incidents, including the use of a Community Protection Notice, a new measure introduced in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Mayor John Biggs said: ‘The hatred and division of Britain First has no place in Tower Hamlets. Today I met with representatives from East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police and senior council officers to discuss my call for further action to prevent violence coming to our streets. We have agreed to pursue legal channels to try to prevent provocative demonstrations by Britain First and other groups.

“We are pursuing a Community Protection Notice, which would block behaviour that has a detrimental effect on quality of life. This may take some time to implement and we are working together with police and other agencies to expedite it. 

“I stand in solidarity with all residents of Tower Hamlets, and particularly our Muslim community, who feel threatened by the provocative actions of Britain First. We must continue to send the strong message that Britain First is not welcome in any corner of our Borough.”

Mayor Biggs Pursues Legal Options Against Britain First – 12th April 2016

Mayor John Biggs today held a meeting with representatives of the East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police, and Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets to discuss the recent provocations from Britain...

Mayor Of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has urged the community to stay united to organise this year’s Mela.

He also wants to hear ideas and contributions from all parts of the community about the cultural programme and on how to make the Mela more family friendly.

Earlier he confirmed that the Boishakhi Mela would be operated by the council, and would be held on 31st July at Weavers Fields open Space in Bethnal Green. This delay was because the Trust responsible for operating the Mela at short notice advised it would not be able to go ahead in May, because of conditions set by the Commissioners sent into Tower Hamlets by the Government under the previous Mayor, and the Holy month of Ramadan means it must now take place after Ramadan in July.

Mayor Biggs said: ‘The Council is looking forward to holding a successful Mela in July at Weavers Field. The Mela is a traditional Bengali cultural event but also a community event for all the family, so I want the community to be involved from the start. In particular I’d like to hear ideas about how to make it a family friendly event, and about the sort of cultural activities that should be included. Please send me your thoughts about Mela directly to my personal e-mail – mayor@towerhamlets.gov.uk . You can write to me in English or Bengali.’

Mayor Biggs also said: ‘I am sorry that Boishakhi Mela Community Trust were unable to meet the requirements of the Commissioners in relations to outstanding audit and monitoring requirements. This has given the council no option but to terminate their contact. But I would like to thank the Trust and its chair Mr Siraj Haque for the work they have done in making Mela a success over the years. The council is inviting Mr Haque to remain involved in the planning of the event in a senior advisory capacity. A new contract to operate the Mela in 2017 and beyond will now go out to tender, and we look forward to working with the community to deliver the Boishakhi Mela in the future.’

Mayor Biggs asks community for their ideas for the Boishakhi Mela

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Responding to the Budget, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“The one thing that London needed most from this Budget was new support to fix the housing crisis - which has gone from bad to worse under the Tories.

“Yet there was nothing to help deliver the thousands of new, affordable homes Londoners desperately need each year. Housing costs in London continue to soar – and it’s shocking that this Budget does nothing to help make housing affordable for Londoners.   

“This was also another anti-London Budget. What have the Tories got against Londoners?

“London’s schools, councils and public services face bigger cuts than anywhere else in the UK.

“And rather than getting the green light for Crossrail 2, we got an amber light at best.

“It’s clearer than ever that Londoners need a Labour Mayor.”

Budget response - Sadiq Khan‏

Responding to the Budget, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The one thing that London needed most from this Budget was new support to fix the housing...

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