Labour’s John Biggs has announced that he would appoint three deputy Mayors to work closely alongside him if elected as Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Biggs said the team would reflect the wider community, be gender balanced and help to ensure the voices of all Tower Hamlets residents were heard loud and clear.
Biggs named his three deputy Mayoral running mates as:
- Cllr Rachael Saunders, current Leader of the Labour Group
- Cllr Shiria Khatun, current Deputy Leader of the Labour Group
- Cllr Sirajul Islam, former Leader of the Labour Group and chair of the influential Strategic Development Committee.
Biggs said the team would provide the “experience and diversity of background to ensure the voices of all Tower Hamlets residents are heard."
If elected Biggs has said he would work with all councillors from different parties who were willing, but particularly the diverse and talented group of Labour councillors who represent all sections of the Tower Hamlets community.
The pledge comes in stark contrast to former Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s approach, which saw him rely heavily on paid advisors, concentrating power in his private office with little accountability.
Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs:
“I intend to be a mayor for all of Tower Hamlets. For too long we have seen the power of the mayor unaccountably concentrated in one man’s hands - that is why I will appoint three deputy Mayors with the experience and diversity of background to ensure the voices of all Tower Hamlets residents are heard.”
“I want to lead a team which unites and reflects the whole borough. That’s why I will open up the mayoralty and appoint a top team who represent all sides of our community and together have a clear vision for improving our borough for everyone who live here. ”
Cllr Rachael Saunders:
‘I’m glad to be working alongside John Biggs as we continue to outline our better plan to move Tower Hamlets forward. This election is about hope for the future of our communities, and restoring trust in our council once again. I know that, as a strong united team, we can deliver for people all across the east end – improving the state of our housing, cleaning up our streets, ensuring all of our young people benefit from the jobs and education opportunities our borough can provide.’
Cllr Shiria Khatun:
‘From his days fighting the EDL and racist groups across east London, John Biggs has a strong track record of fighting for equality and fairness in society and I’m proud about being part of his team. Our leadership team reflects the borough we’re here to serve and represent, and I know John will be a strong voice for ordinary people from all different backgrounds.'
Cllr Sirajul Islam:
‘This election provides an opportunity to move on from the previous regime and elect a Labour mayor who will build bridges across our diverse communities. Our focus as a team will be listening to local people about the issues that matter to them and offering the leadership that people expect and deserve - setting a higher standard for transparency, openness and accountability. '