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Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of an early general election, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

"In Tower Hamlets, we’ve seen the positive difference that Labour can make.

"But we've also seen the true damage that Tory Party policies mean. The Tory Government has stripped nearly £60m from our council budget over the next three years and I'm deeply concerned about what new cuts the Conservatives plan to impose in the near future.

"I have no doubt that our Labour MPs Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick are best placed to protect our communities and to stand up for residents. We need Labour values and a Labour voice in the Town Hall, City Hall and Parliament to protect our residents and speak up for the borough.

"Vote Labour on 8th of June to make sure that strong Labour voice can continue to stand up for Tower Hamlets."

Mayor Biggs Responds to General Election Announcement

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of an early general election, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

Changes by Transport for London to the 100 bus route which serves Wapping could have a damaging impact on the ability of the elderly and less physically able to get around the capital, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets has said.

The comments came after the amended bus route was introduced earlier this month. Ahead of the change the Mayor wrote to TfL Managing Director of Surface Transport Leon Daniels after TfL proposed changes to, and a shortening of, the 100 bus route warning of far fewer opportunities for Wapping residents to change to other buses.

The Mayor said that the consultation response to the change showed widespread opposition to the change but TfL chose to combine the feedback with consultation on a different route, the 388, making the opposition appear less stark. The Council had made representations against the changes but TfL decided to press ahead.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“Sadiq Khan made a massive and welcome change when he introduced the Hopper Fare; it meant that residents in less accessible areas like Wapping are able to change from bus to bus without being charged twice. Unfortunately TfL’s plan to shorten the 100 bus route could damage this progress by significantly limiting the number of other routes which are accessible to Wapping residents.

“Many residents rely on buses to get around, particularly as the area doesn’t have its own tube station. By cutting back the 100 bus route people will have much further to walk and fewer interchange options, this will particularly hit the elderly and less physically able.

“I am disappointed that TfL failed to see sense and fully address our concerns.”

Councillor Denise Jones, Wapping, said:

“The 100 bus is a really important transport route for residents in Wapping, particularly for the elderly and disabled. We worked to try and get TfL to change its mind about the plans, but sadly they haven’t listened. We also expressed our concern at the way TfL consulted residents and partners on the plans.”

Wapping resident Di Roome said:

"The number 100 bus is a really important link for people in Wapping. We don’t have many bus routes in Wapping as it is, by shortening the route TfL have made it much harder for Wapping residents like me to get around.

"Not only is the new 100 route shorter it’s now even more difficult to change onto other tube lines or buses as a result."

Mayor Voices Disappointment at TfL Changes to 100 Bus Route

Changes by Transport for London to the 100 bus route which serves Wapping could have a damaging impact on the ability of the elderly and less physically able to get...

The Evening Standard has reported that the Deputy Mayor of London has asked Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to review the police's investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

Commenting on the Deputy Mayor of London's decision to ask HMIC to review the police investigation into 2014 election fraud in Tower Hamlets, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

"I welcome the Deputy Mayor’s decision to call in HMIC to review the police's investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

"Protecting the security and integrity of our democracy is vitally important. Trying to steal an election is a serious crime and local people are rightly deeply frustrated that despite Lutfur Rahman and his colleagues being found guilty by the Election Court, the police have failed to bring criminal charges against anyone involved. Even now, there is a culture of denial with for example two councillors who were at the heart of Rahman's banned Tower Hamlets First party announcing they are picking up his mantle and are intent on running for Mayor in 2018.

 "Despite considerable scrutiny it remains unclear why the police failed to speak to key witnesses and left boxes of evidence untouched. I hope that HMIC’s review will help to reassure the public that this will not be able to happen again."

HMIC Review into 2014 Tower Hamlets election fraud

The Evening Standard has reported that the Deputy Mayor of London has asked Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to review the police's investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

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