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Bethnal Green and Bow's Labour MP has given her support to the former shadow justice minister Sadiq Khan’s bid to become the party’s candidate for Mayor of London.

Rushanara Ali said

“Sadiq knows what is needed to win after leading the Labour local election campaign in London, achieving our best results in the capital in more than 40 years. He is a fantastic campaigner and understands what is needed and how to win.

“From personal experience I know that Sadiq is the candidate with the background, determination, ideas and guts to achieve for everyone in this great city. He also reflects all that is good about modern London. 

"He’s the son of immigrants who came to the capital to make a better life. He grew up on a council estate and went to university, before building a successful career as a lawyer and running his own firm. 

“Sadiq knows that the same opportunities that London provided to him are today denied to too many people.”

The Tooting MP, who has previously served as a Transport and Communities Minister, currently has more support amongst his Parliamentary colleagues in the city than any other candidate, with over a third of London’s Labour MPs flying the flag for the Khan campaign.

Labour members and affiliated supporters living in London will vote to decide who the party’s mayoral candidate should be, with the result set to be announced on the weekend of September 12/13 – the same time the party chooses its new leader and deputy leader.

The latest polling suggests the contest to secure the Labour nomination is shaping up to be a two horse race between Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell.

Welcoming her endorsement, Sadiq Khan said: “I am absolutely delighted to have the support of Rushanara and of so many of my other London Labour colleagues, representing a broad range of opinion from right across the Labour Party and London.

“Together, we can tackle the big issues facing this city and change London for the better.”

Rushanara Ali endorses Sadiq Khan’s London mayoral campaign

Bethnal Green and Bow's Labour MP has given her support to the former shadow justice minister Sadiq Khan’s bid to become the party’s candidate for Mayor of London.

Rushanara Ali MP called on the Prime Minister to lead the international community in the domestic and international fight against extremism, as well as urging him to conduct an inquiry into how best to ensure that families, schools, mosques, internet companies and agencies are better guided to protect young from radicalisation and extremism.

 

Reacting to the murder of 38 people in Tunisia, amongst them an expected 30 British nationals, Rushanara said:

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. This appalling act of terror against defenceless holiday makers highlights the need for us to fight extremism both at home and abroad.

 

The terrorists seek to drive a wedge between the majority of Muslims, who defiantly reject what they represent, and everyone else. We must all work harder to make sure they do not succeed.  

 

What steps will the PM take to ensure any international response includes action to help stabilise and rebuild post-conflict states such as Libya and prevent them continuing to be a breeding ground for violent extremism? Will he now reconsider my call for an inquiry made earlier this year?”

 

Rushanara called for an inquiry in February 2015 into how the Government could improve its guidance to agencies working to combat radicalisation, following the disappearance of three young women who travelled to Syria from Bethnal Green.

 

 

 

She asked the Prime Minister:

Rushanara Ali: Last week, three young women from my constituency left their homes, travelled to Turkey and are now thought to have been smuggled into Syria. Their families are devastated. I know that the Prime Minister is making every effort to find them and encourage their return. Will he set up an urgent inquiry into these events to ensure that families, schools, mosques, youth clubs, internet companies and all agencies are guided on how they can better protect our young people? (February 25th, 2015)

 

Rushanara Ali MP condemns ‘appalling act of terror’ in Tunisia

Rushanara Ali MP called on the Prime Minister to lead the international community in the domestic and international fight against extremism, as well as urging him to conduct an inquiry...

Mayor John Biggs has announced his Cabinet. This leadership team draws on the knowledge, experience and dedication of Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets.

One of the key objectives of this Cabinet is to do away with the secrecy and opaque nature of decision making that plagued the previous administration.

Decisions will be taken transparently and openly, with cabinet meetings held around the borough; council meetings will no longer see the mayor sitting in silence; and councillors will be fully involved in the decision making process, ensuring that local ward knowledge is always fed into the process.

Cabinet Members 

Mayor: John Biggs

Cllr Rachael Saunders: Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services & the Third Sector

Cllr Shiria Khatun: Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Community Affairs

Cllr Sirajul Islam: Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Performance

Cllr Rachel Blake: Cabinet Member for Strategic Development

Cllr Joshua Peck: Cabinet Member for Work & Economic Growth

Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs: Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services

Cllr Asma Begum: Cabinet Member for Culture

Cllr Ayas Miah: Cabinet Member for Environment

Cllr David Edgar: Cabinet Member for Resources

With forthcoming decisions such as the South Quay Masterplan, Rich Mix litigation and the upcoming report on the Medium Term Financial Plan, the Mayor and Cabinet will be diving straight in to the new culture of transparent and fair decision making.

And in early changes, the Mayor has got rid of the leased car used by his predecessor, agreed that the long-delayed report into the sale of poplar Town Hall be released to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as required by a Council resolution over a year ago, and instructed that there be a long-delayed settlement with the Rich Mix Centre in Bethnal Green and that legal action pursued under the previous Mayor the effect of which would have threatened the existence of the centre be ended.

Mayor John Biggs commented:

"I'm very pleased to announce the Cabinet and I know we will all do our utmost to serve the residents of Tower Hamlets. I am incredibly proud to serve all people of this borough, but this is no time for complacency: whilst I have already made some changes such as scrapping the mayoral car, we are  fully focussed on the big challenges ahead.

“As there was a period of time with no mayor, there was a pause in decision making. We must act now in an efficient and fair manner to sort out these decisions for the benefit of residents. I am beginning to clear the backlog of decisions, and to reverse some actions of my predecessor which were in my view unhelpful for the Borough.

“I have already held one mayor's surgery to listen to residents' issues and there will be many more of these meetings. And I have pledged a regimen of greater transparency and openness.

“It is vitally important that we now press on: serving the residents of Tower Hamlets fairly, transparently and efficiently."

Mayor John Biggs Announces Cabinet & Makes Early Decisions

Mayor John Biggs has announced his Cabinet. This leadership team draws on the knowledge, experience and dedication of Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets. One of the key objectives of this...

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