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Commenting on the Finsbury Park attack, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

"This horrifying and cowardly attack against innocent worshippers is utterly abhorrent.

"Over the past months our great city has faced numerous attacks by those who seek to divide us. Despite that, every attack has shown we are a community who stand shoulder to shoulder in hard times.

"Understandably there will be concerns amongst many in the East End following last night’s attack. This morning my Cabinet Member for Community Safety and I met with the Borough Commander to discuss the situation and we fully support her decision to step up high-visibility patrols around places of worship in the borough to reassure residents."

Statement from Mayor Biggs Following the Finsbury Park Attack

Commenting on the Finsbury Park attack, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "This horrifying and cowardly attack against innocent worshippers is utterly abhorrent. "Over the past months our great... Read more

Mayor John Biggs has congratulated Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick on their re-election as Members of Parliament. Their re-election guarantees that Tower Hamlets has a strong Labour voice in Westminster and that residents are properly represented.

Election 2017 – Statement from Mayor John Biggs

Mayor John Biggs has congratulated Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick on their re-election as Members of Parliament. Their re-election guarantees that Tower Hamlets has a strong Labour voice in Westminster... Read more

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has issued a statement following the London Bridge and Borough Market attack.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

Statement from Mayor Biggs on London Attack

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has issued a statement following the London Bridge and Borough Market attack. Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: Read more

New research by Tower Hamlets Council has shown the Government’s benefit cap is disproportionately hitting children.

Analysis of Department for Work and Pensions data shows that a total of 1997 households had their benefits capped between September 2013 and November 2016. Within those households at least 8,586 people were affected including 2,876 adults (33.5%) and 5,710 children (66.5%). The average loss for those hit by the cap (at November 2016) was estimated to be £70 a week, the equivalent of £3,640 a year.

Government Benefit Cuts Hitting Children Hardest

New research by Tower Hamlets Council has shown the Government’s benefit cap is disproportionately hitting children. Analysis of Department for Work and Pensions data shows that a total of 1997... Read more

Mayor Biggs has refused to sign up to the Tory Government's local Sustainability and Transformation Plan until the Plan has been fully opened up to public consultation.

Mayor Biggs Warns Against Scale of Health Cuts Under New NHS Plans

Mayor Biggs has refused to sign up to the Tory Government's local Sustainability and Transformation Plan until the Plan has been fully opened up to public consultation. Read more

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester after last night's heartless and cowardly attack. Nothing can ever justify the murder of innocent children.

“Londoners know the dreadful impact these attacks can have and we all stand in solidarity with the people of Manchester. It is more important than ever that we stand shoulder to shoulder to show that these cowardly attacks will not divide us, nor do the attackers represent any race or religion.

“It is only right that there is an increased police presence on our streets to reassure and protect our community. I would urge residents to report anything suspicious to police.”

Statement by Mayor John Biggs on Manchester Attack

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester after last night's heartless and cowardly attack. Nothing can ever justify the murder of...

I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured.

Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.

I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city.

I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night's appalling events.

I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice.


Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party

Manchester Attack

I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Today the whole country...

Councillor Sabina Akhtar was elected unopposed to serve as Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council for the new municipal year at the Council's annual general meeting yesterday. Councillor Akhtar is the first Bangladeshi woman elected to serve as Speaker.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has also welcomed Councillor Abdul Mukit MBE to the Cabinet, who joins as Lead Member for Culture and Youth, and Councillor Amina Ali, who will serve as Lead Member for Environment.

Mayor Hails Election of First Female Bangladeshi Speaker of Tower Hamlets

Councillor Sabina Akhtar was elected unopposed to serve as Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council for the new municipal year at the Council's annual general meeting yesterday. Councillor Akhtar is the... Read more

Tenants in new affordable housing developments will be offered living rents or social rents after the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs approved new rent guidance for newly built affordable homes.

Mayor Biggs approves lower rents for new affordable housing saving residents up to £6,000 a year

Tenants in new affordable housing developments will be offered living rents or social rents after the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs approved new rent guidance for newly built affordable... Read more

  • Tower Hamlets schools set to lose over £33m as a result of Government funding changes
  • Cuts of up to £905 per pupil are equivalent to loss of 891 Tower Hamlets teachers
  • Mayor, teachers and Trade Unions join forces to fight Government’s school cuts

 

Tower Hamlets headteachers and Mayor Unite to Condemn Government Education Cuts

Tower Hamlets schools set to lose over £33m as a result of Government funding changes Cuts of up to £905 per pupil are equivalent to loss of 891 Tower Hamlets... Read more

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