Labour’s shadow Cabinet members and local residents back mayoral candidate John Biggs to unite the East End and deliver better services to residents


Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs has won backing from across the shadow Cabinet for his radical programme to clean up politics in Tower Hamlets and deliver more jobs and better public services for the borough.

Senior Labour MPs, including shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh, have joined forces with longstanding local residents to provide a powerful endorsement of John Biggs’ policies to boost housing, transport, education and prosperity locally.

Last week John launched his manifesto with pledges to provide free school meals for every primary-age pupil, set up a 24hr anti-social behaviour helpline and build 1,000 council homes.

Unveiling the slate of endorsements Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, said: “Local residents along with Senior Labour Shadow Cabinet Ministers and Shadow Ministers are supporting John Biggs because he has a track record of standing up for the East End. He is a man of integrity who has spent a lifetime campaigning and working for all the different communities that make up this borough. That is why I believe he will be the best person to unite the east end and deliver for local residents.”

Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow Chancellor, said: “The Tory-led government has created a cost-of-living crisis that is hitting areas like Tower Hamlets the hardest.  A Labour council, led by John Biggs as Mayor, is essential to stand up for local people and create jobs and economic growth in the borough.”

Mary Creagh, shadow Transport Secretary, said: “John Biggs has an outstanding record in securing public transport improvements in the East End.  This, and his commitment to road safety and cycling, will make him an excellent champion for Tower Hamlets as Mayor.”

The list of shadow cabinet includes endorsements is as follows:

  • Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Rachel Reeves, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

John’s campaign is winning increasing support from people in Tower Hamlets, following the launch of his mayoral manifesto last week, which outlined how he will provide a more transparent and accountable type of politics and make the borough a safer, cleaner and more affordable place to live.

Other backers from across the borough include Eileen Champion, a centenarian who has lived in the East End all her life, and Aftab Uddin, from Poplar, who is training to be a police community support officer.

John Biggs, Labour’s candidates for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I am delighted that so many people, from local residents to members of the shadow Cabinet, have added their support to my campaign. Tower Hamlets needs a Mayor who can work with Labour nationally to fight the Tory-led government and get a better deal for the borough.”

Sirajul Islam, Labour group leader, said: “Local people and Labour MPs are backing John Biggs because his focus is on delivering more homes, more jobs, cleaner streets and cleaner politics for Tower Hamlets, rather than being distracted by feuds and investigations like Lutfur Rahman.”

Last week John launched his manifesto in Tower Hamlets with the support of actor, comedian and charity fundraiser Eddie Izzard.

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