Labour candidate John Biggs has today committed to putting openness and transparency at the heart of his campaign to be the new Mayor of Tower Hamlets - saying for too long, people have been 'pushed out of the decision making process.'
With people's confidence and trust in the council damaged by the discredited rule of Lutfur Rahman, John Biggs is pledging to spend the first year of his Mayoral term attending ‘question time’ public meetings in different parts of the borough, while engaging directly with residents in new ways through the work of the council.
As part of his plan for more transparent and accountable leadership, John Biggs has made a number of commitments including:
- The Mayor will answer questions in public, both at council meetings and at meetings in the community, while making sure Cabinet members do the same.
- The Mayor will host a series of ‘question time’ events in different parts of the borough during his first year in office – taking questions directly from residents.
- Depending on interest, Cabinet meetings beyond this will also be held at venues in the community, like schools – ensuring Cabinet members take questions from the public and get input from residents.
- The Mayoral car will be scrapped, the size of the Mayor’s office will be reduced and the number of costly advisers employed under the ex-Mayor will be cut.
John Biggs, Labour’s Mayoral candidate in Tower Hamlets commented:
“As much as anything, this election is about restoring people’s trust in our local politics. One of my first priorities as mayor will be to get out into the community to listen to people’s views and allow residents to question and scrutinise the decisions we’re making as a leadership team.
“For too much of the time under Lutfur Rahman, decisions were made behind closed doors, with people pushed out of the decision making process. We have to move on from the failings of the past by setting a better, higher standard for openness and transparency.
"With my Cabinet colleagues, we’ll not only open up meetings at the council, but we’ll get beyond the corridors of the town hall, making decisions directly in front of the people we’re here to represent.”