Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats are today pleased to welcome Councillor Rabina Khan and members of People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets (PATH) into the Party.
The Liberal Democrats and PATH have long worked together for a better Tower Hamlets, sharing a common commitment to confront Brexit, tackle the legacy of divisive politics in our Borough, and champion local front-line services.
PATH have previously shared platforms with Poplar & Limehouse Candidate, Elaine Bagshaw, in support of local nurseries, children centres and home care. And in the Town Hall, joint motions put forward with former Lib Dem Councillor, Andrew Cregan, include the protection of Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation and a proposal for a Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission – now adopted by the Mayor following our calls for action.
The Liberal Democrats described the news as good for local people as it will see strengths combined for a robust check on the Mayor, and an enhanced ability to challenge Labour Party mismanagement and complacency. Many local commentators were shocked that the new Labour administration’s first move after May’s election was to award themselves a £100K pay increase – contributing to the perception that Labour take the East End for granted.
Today’s announcement marks a return to the mainstream for politics in Tower Hamlets, where every elected representative is now a member of one of the three major national parties.
Councillor Khan said:
“I’m delighted to be joining the Liberal Democrats today along with many colleagues and supporters. Our shared liberal values and strong sense of social justice make the Liberal Democrats a natural home for all of us, and we look forward to working with our new colleagues to protect the needs of Tower Hamlets residents, defend our critical public services, and fight for a Council that doesn’t take power for granted.”
Ed Long, Chair of Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats said:
“Councillor Khan’s decision to join the Liberal Democrats is great news for our party and for local people. Rabina is a tireless and hugely respected campaigner for ordinary Tower Hamlets residents on our Council. We have long had a good working relationship with members of PATH both inside and outside the Town Hall and have a shared vision to move the Borough beyond the divisive politics that has afflicted it for so long. We look forward to working together as Liberal Democrats to hold the Mayor and Labour administration accountable to local residents.”
Elaine Bagshaw, Lib Dem candidate for Poplar and Limehouse said:
“Tower Hamlets has had a difficult political history in recent years. This marks a move away from the community divisions and policies that have damaged our borough so much. I’m proud of the work we have already done together, and that those of joining from PATH have chosen to make the Liberal Democrats their new home. Together we can shape a better future for people in our borough.”