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The London Labour Party has announced that John Biggs has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the re-run mayoral election in Tower Hamlets on 11 June. 

John Biggs said:

“I am delighted to have been confirmed as Labour's candidate.

 “Tower Hamlets must now move on from the divisive politics of Lutfur Rahman and his disgraced regime of corruption and mismanagement. 

“We need leadership that is once again open and accountable and restores the trust of the people we’re here to serve. I want to put the council back on everyone's side. 

“Only Labour can beat Lutfur Rahman's candidate in Tower Hamlets. My focus will be to restore confidence and to serve local families, addressing the big issues and great opportunities we face in our borough – on affordable housing, on education, on safety and most of all helping build a better future for everyone in Tower Hamlets.”

John Biggs selected as Labour’s candidate for re-run mayoral election in Tower Hamlets

The London Labour Party has announced that John Biggs has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the re-run mayoral election in Tower Hamlets on 11 June. 

John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets in the 2014 election, today said:

“This ruling is a victory for honest politics. By setting out to break the rules and going to extraordinary lengths to win last May's Mayoral election, Lutfur Rahman and his allies, robbed the people of Tower Hamlets of the free and fair election they deserved and betrayed everyone in our community who trusted and voted for him.

“People from across our community have been badly let down by the Mayor. After five years of abuse of public funds and public trust, it's time that residents have a council that is again on their side, that faith in free and fair elections is restored and divisions in our community are healed. 

"I have spent thirty years standing up for the people of the East End of London and throughout my career I have challenged racism and intolerance wherever I have encountered it and that will not change.

“I am therefore relieved that serious but false allegations made against me have been dismissed by the Election Commissioner and I have been completely exonerated.

“These allegations were deliberately made, in order to polarise opinion and influence the result of last May’s Mayoral election in Tower Hamlets.

“The Mayoral election will now be rerun. It will be an opportunity for all the people of our borough to vote to reject once and for all, the kind of corrupt politics, that the petitioners, this Election Court, and the Commissioner’s judgement has exposed.

“For too long our borough has been dragged down by the unseemly conduct of Lutfur Rahman’s administration. Enough is enough, it’s time to get democracy and accountability back in Tower Hamlets."

 

Cllr Rachael Saunders Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group said:

“A judge has decided that the people of Tower Hamlets were denied a free and​ fair election in May 2014 and has ordered a new election.

“For as long as Lutfur Rahman has held power Tower Hamlets has been held back by division and patronage.  The east end is home to people from the four corners of the globe, and we are proud of our vibrant campaigning traditions. 

“That​ heritage has been damaged by Lutfur Rahman and this is a source of huge shame.

“Tower Hamlets Labour Group will do all we can to make this election an​ opportunity for the people of Tower Hamlets to move forward into a shared future.” 

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At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council last week, Labour Councillors passed a motion calling on the council and Barts Health NHS Trust to prioritise provision of local housing for key workers. Labour Councillor Asma Begum introduced the motion.

Barts Health NHS Trust was put into special measures in mid-March, following a CQC report which found a culture of bullying and low morale among staff at Whipps Cross Hospital.

The Labour Group council motion calls on Barts Health NHS Trust to use assets to enable the provision of affordable, local housing for local staff and to fully utilise the resource of local workers.

Cllr Asma Begum, Tower Hamlets Labour Group Spokesperson for Health, said:

“Labour’s approach to rescuing the NHS is not to set hospital against hospital, but to join up services around patients’ needs.

Locally, we believe that Barts Health Trust should employ more local workers, creating local jobs and using local skills. The unaffordability of housing is becoming a barrier to recruitment and retention of key NHS workers. We believe that we can all work together to ensure that the best talent is available to the Trust.

We are calling on Barts Health Trust to prioritise provision of local housing for key workers. We are also calling on Barts to do more to train and recruit local people.”

Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:

“The Labour Group has an open dialogue with Tower Hamlets CCG and we have offered our full support to get our local health trust to a stronger position. We recognise that housing plays a key role in enabling local talent to take up jobs where they’re desperately needed, such as in healthcare. That’s why we brought this motion to Tower Hamlets Council.

Nationally, Labour has pledged to invest in 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 3,000 more midwives, paid for by a Mansion Tax on properties worth over £2 million. Labour will also guarantee people a GP appointment within 48 hours.”

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