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Responding to the report into the sale of Poplar Town Hall by Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of the Labour Group, said:

 

“The report into the sale of Poplar Town Hall by Tower Hamlets council that has been published today raises a number of areas of concern.  The overview and scrutiny committee meeting on the 22nd July will seek to further establish the facts of what happened, and will then report to Full Council. 

Poplar Town Hall is the place where George Lansbury led the Poplar rates rebellion, and is one of the sites of the east end suffragettes campaign for votes for women.  We will do all we can to get to the bottom of how the council and the Mayor have treated this east end jewel”. 

Labour respond to report into sale of Poplar Town Hall‏

Responding to the report into the sale of Poplar Town Hall by Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of the Labour Group, said:   “The report into the sale...

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On Saturday, Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali joined forces with hundreds of residents from across three neighbouring boroughs in a street rally organised by a campaign to save 22 GP practices across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham which have been earmarked for closure due to government changes to funding. The rally also marked the 66th anniversary of the NHS.  Five GP surgeries face closure in Tower Hamlets and 98 across the country.

The rally began at Altab Ali Park in her constituency and ended at London Fields in Hackney. The rally was also attended by Labour councillors and Labour MP Diane Abbott. 

Following the street rally, Rushanara Ali MP said:

"There is serious cause for concern when time after time this Tory-led government is failing to grasp the challenges my constituents face on a daily basis. Irresponsible cuts to funding resulting in the closure of GP practices not only in Tower Hamlets but nationally will undoubtedly have serious implications for thousands of people who expect to be able to visit their local GPs services they know and trust. The government’s funding formula will be damaging to people’s healthcare and will particularly harm some of the poorest communities in the country. In my constituency where there are high levels of poverty and health inequalities these changes will be devastating.

“Our local GP services play a crucial role in allowing local residents to access frontline primary care. With pressure already mounting on our practices and A&E services and with residents experiencing even longer waiting times before seeing their GP, our NHS is being decimated on this government’s watch. Having received no clear answer from the Prime Minister when I raised it with him in Parliament, I will continue to fight for our local GPs surgeries on behalf of the residents and activists who came together in such large numbers on Saturday.”

Rushanara Ali MP campaigns with local residents to stop the Tories shutting down local GP Surgeries

On Saturday, Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali joined forces with hundreds of residents from across three neighbouring boroughs in a street rally organised by a campaign to save...

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Labour councillor Asma Begum today labelled the Government’s decision to close five GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets a ‘disgrace’. The newly elected councillor and former nurse said the plan would hit tens of thousands of families and shows “how unfit the Conservatives are to run the NHS.”

The comments came after a rally on Saturday which saw residents protest the Government’s threats to close five GP surgeries in the borough. The cuts to the GP funding formula will see 98 GP surgeries across the country closed and countless others given smaller budgets. Despite local MP Jim Fitzpatrick securing a meeting with Conservative Health Minister Lord Howe the situation is yet to be resolved.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has also pledged his support for the sgeries when he used a visit to the Jubilee Street Practice in May to launch a new NHS campaign advert van highlighting Ed Miliband’s pledge that a Labour Government would guarantee patients an appointment at their local GP within 48 hours.

Speaking after attending the NHS rally Labour’s Health Spokesperson, Cllr Asma Begum, said:

“This weekend’s rally showed the strength of people’s passion for the NHS. The Government’s attempts to close five of our local GP practices, in one of the country’s most deprived areas, is a disgrace and shows how unfit the Conservatives are to run the NHS.

“Tens of thousands of families already face an uncertain time with the Government’s cuts to services hitting them hard. Now they are being told the Tories also want to take their GP practice. This weekend’s rally sent a clear message that enough is enough.”

Tories “unfit to run the NHS” after attacks on local GP surgeries

Labour councillor Asma Begum today labelled the Government’s decision to close five GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets a ‘disgrace’. The newly elected councillor and former nurse said the plan would...

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