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Members of Tower Hamlets Labour Party along with affiliated organisations have over the last month been voting on whether or not to automatically re-select the incumbent Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, as Labour’s candidate for the 2018 mayoral election.

 

At the conclusion of the process, having received the support of the majority of both branches and affiliates, and more than 70 per cent of the votes cast, John Biggs is re-selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Chris Weavers, Chair of Tower Hamlets Labour Party said:

“Over the last month hundreds of Labour Party members, affiliated trade unions and socialist societies, and our sister Co-operative Party have participated in this democratic process. They have come to a clear decision in support of John Biggs remaining candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2018.

“Our focus will now be on ensuring John’s re-election in 2018 and on continuing to move our borough forward, standing up to the Conservative Government and delivering the excellent public services that local people need.”

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

"I am extremely proud to have been confirmed as the candidate by members in the trigger ballot. Over 600 members voted personally and I received the support of the majority of those members. I was supported also by affiliated organisations and trade unions.

"Can I thank everyone who participated in the process, including the energy and ideas expressed. There is an important job to do now to build towards the 2018 election and show the leadership our borough needs. Given our recent past in Tower Hamlets this is a particularly vital need."

John Biggs re-selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Members of Tower Hamlets Labour Party along with affiliated organisations have over the last month been voting on whether or not to automatically re-select the incumbent Labour Mayor of Tower...

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has strongly welcomed the news that the London Living Wage is set to increase to £9.75 per hour.

The increase was announced by Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and will see over 1,000 London businesses paying the higher rate. Tower Hamlets Council is one of 1,033 Living Wage accredited employers across the capital.

Earlier this year, Mayor Biggs signed the Ethical Care Charter which sets out minimum standards for care at home and guarantees the London Living Wage for the borough’s vital home care workers.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“An increase in the London Living Wage is great news for Tower Hamlets. It’s only fair that workers are paid enough to live on, especially given the high cost of living in London and the stagnation of wages in recent years. We cannot tackle the poverty in our borough if our workers aren’t paid a fair wage for their work.

“I’m proud that Tower Hamlets Council is a fully accredited Living Wage employer and earlier this year I guaranteed that our careworkers would receive the London Living Wage. Not only does the Living Wage set a benchmark of fairness for workers, but businesses that pay the Living Wage have also reported a higher quality of work and higher job satisfaction.

“I would encourage other businesses in the borough to sign up to be London Living Wage employers – it’s good for individuals, it’s good for business and it’s good for society.”

Mayor Biggs welcomes London Living Wage increase

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has strongly welcomed the news that the London Living Wage is set to increase to £9.75 per hour. The increase was announced by Labour...

Independent councillor Shahed Ali was today sentenced to five months in prison by Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to Housing Fraud.

The conviction means that Shahed Ali is no longer eligible to remain a councillor and that there will be a by-election in Whitechapel, most likely to be held on the 1st December.

For months Cllr Ali denied the charges against him, only to plead guilty at the last moment. Documents tabled in the court show that Cllr Ali has cost the council over £70,000 in legal fees. Had he pleaded guilty when he was first accused at Thames Magistrates’ Court on 9 December 2015 the cost to the Council would only have been £3,428.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“It’s disgraceful that instead of serving his constituents Shahed Ali chose not only to commit housing fraud but then to lie about it, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees.

“It’s entirely right that he is kicked off the council and that there is a by-election to give voters the chance to give their verdict on his criminality. It’s a shame he did not have the integrity to come clean and resign before he’d cost taxpayers tens of thousands more in legal costs.

“What astounds me is that despite one of their colleagues being convicted of fraud, none of the Independent councillors have spoken out or apologised.”

Disgraced Independent councillor Shahed Ali sentenced to five months in prison

Independent councillor Shahed Ali was today sentenced to five months in prison by Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to Housing Fraud. The conviction means that Shahed Ali is no...

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