Labour's John Biggs today announced tough plans to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Tower Hamlets if he becomes Mayor of the borough after the May 2014 elections.
Crime and ASB are the number one issue raised by local residents, but since Lutfur Rahman came to power in 2010 crime in Tower Hamlets has risen 1.4% even though it has fallen in neighbouring boroughs such as Labour run Newham and Hackney.
Tower Hamlets Labour Party has recently concluded a listening campaign which revealed the level of residents' unhappiness with the lack of action to tackle this serious problem. Hundreds of residents took the time to respond.
John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“If I become Mayor of Tower Hamlets, tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and reducing the fear of crime will be my top priority. I will meet concerned residents, without a camera crew, and try to tackle, with the police and others, their concerns.
"Under the current Mayor crime has risen in Tower Hamlets. While this may have many causes it is consistent with the fact that he spends so much of his time on little decisions that he forgets to roll his sleeves up and do the job he was elected to do.”
Cllr Denise Jones, Labour councillor for Wapping, said:
"Lutfur Rahman's response to knife crime and other major incidents in Wapping has been appalling. Rather than work with the police and local residents, Lutfur Rahman has ignored the situation and hoped it would go away. In contrast, John Biggs has recognised the need for urgent action, working with myself, residents and Labour’s Robert Scott to effectively tackle the issues in Wapping woods."