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 and that residents are properly represented.

Rushanara Ali was elected to serve Bethnal Green and Bow with 42,969 votes, up from 32,387 in 2015.

Jim Fitzpatrick was elected to serve Poplar and Limehouse with 39,558 votes, up from 29,886 in 2015.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

"Congratulations to Rushanara and Jim on their re-election. They are both dedicated public servants and work tirelessly for local residents.

"With both Rushanara and Jim seeing significant increases in the number of votes cast for them, it’s very clear that residents know the positive difference that Labour can make in Tower Hamlets. Their re-election means that Tower Hamlets continues to have a strong Labour voice in the Town Hall, City Hall and Parliament.

"I would also issue a warning to the new Conservative Government, propped up by the DUP, that local councils simply cannot cope with the depth of cuts that continue to be levied at them. Our local NHS is under immense pressure, our schools risk losing over £30m in funding, and since May 2010 we’ve seen 288 police officers and PCSOs removed from streets in Tower Hamlets.

"The Tory Government has stripped nearly £60m from Tower Hamlets Council budget over the next three years and I’m deeply concerned about what further cuts might be made. I’ll be working very closely with Jim, Rushanara, councillors, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and many other Labour colleagues to fight these cuts."

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