Elaine Bagshaw demands more CCTV after rising crime around Bartlett Park

After a spate of thefts and muggings around Bartlett Park over Christmas and the New Year, local resident and campaigner Elaine Bagshaw is calling on the Council and Poplar HARCA to install more CCTV in the area.

"We all have a right to feel safe in our homes and communities. That's under threat around Bartlett Park. When residents have reported crimes and problems to the police we've been told the area isn't covered by CCTV. As it's clear the problem is increasing, I'm asking the Council and Poplar HARCA to work together to give us a better chance of catching the culprits and make everyone feel secure in the area again."

You can sign the petition and support this campaign here: https://www.change.org/p/tower-hamlets-council-install-cctv-around-bartlett-park



Council pays out thousands for pothole damage

Our local council in Tower Hamlets has spent £7052.75 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

Nationally a total of £12 million have been paid out over the last four years, with an average payment per person of £650.

The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Elaine Bagshaw said:

"This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.

“People already have to fork out so much to drive a car, the least they should expect is that their vehicle doesn't get ruined by a bumpy road.

“Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.

"This is a symptom of the short-termist approach being taken to infrastructure investment.

"Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place.”


Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats were shocked to learn that Blackwall and Cubitt Town councillor Chris Chapman and his partner Jonathon Carter had been the victims of homophobic abuse twice last week, while out on public transport.


This isn’t a party political matter – this sort of abuse is just wrong.

It’s the twenty-first century and London is one of the most liberal cities in the World. Of course couples, whatever their gender, should be able to feel safe to have a kiss.

We hope Mr Chapman and Mr Carter quickly get over this, and have a very Merry Christmas.

45th Anniversary of Bangladesh Victory Day

As many in our community gather to mark the 45th Anniversary of Bangladesh Victory Day, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse, Elaine Bagshaw said:

"Today we remember the 3 million people who lost their lives during the Liberation War, and the 10 million people who became refugees during the conflict. 

"We celebrate how Bangladesh has progressed since becoming independent, with its poverty rate falling from 57% in 1990 to 25.6% in 2014 and making great contributions to culture. 

"But we also recognise the challenges they face in the form of climate change and an increasingly unstable international picture. We hope that we can work together, alongside other nations, to tackle these challenges."


Fighting to protect civilians in Aleppo

This evening, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake raised an urgent intervention 

during the Emergency Debate on International action to protect civilians in Aleppo and Syria. The international community’s reaction has been lamentable, and this parliament’s own reaction feeble.

Watch Tom's intervention here  http://bit.ly/2htoQqm

Shockwaves from this will be felt for decades. The Government must now again consider air aid drops, and even drops for areas other than Aleppo. The Government must also think about hitting the Russians where they will feel it: their pockets. The Maginitsky Amendment to the Criminal Law Bill will stop the UK becoming a safe haven for the profits of human rights abusers, and the Government must accept it.

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December 1st is the Day we remember the people living with HIV and AIDS.

Today we remember those who have died, and salute those who have fought this disease to make the World a better place for all our communities.


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The Tories have gone from promising a surplus to losing £220 billion.

The Brexiteers make excuses and deny the independent forecasts, but the Chancellor has made real changes based on those results that leave all but the top earners worse off.

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Liberal Democrats in Tower Hamlets will oppose plans to make patients show their passports.

Newspapers are reporting government plans to make patients provide two forms of identification, including their passport, before receiving NHS treatment, allegedly to save money spent treating non-UK citizens.

But the real victims will be poor British patients who do not have passports, because they have never been abroad or cannot afford the cost, or the vulnerable patients who are unable to manage paperwork, because of physical or mental disability.

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Emanuel Andjelic selected for Whitechapel by-election

We are delighted to announce that last night the Executive chose Emanuel Andjelic as our candidate for the Whitechapel by-election.

Emanuel is one of our members who joined after the EU referendum. He has lived and worked in Whitechapel for 7 years, and runs a tech startup which helps people on low incomes to budget and save.

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Statement on Shahed Ali conviction

Commenting on Shahed Ali's disqualification from office after receiving a 5-month prison sentence for housing fraud, Elaine Bagshaw said: "The court has given us the right decision in the end, but only after Shahed Ali dragged this through the courts, costing the Council £70,000 in court costs.

The independent group is a shambles in the borough. This is the fourth councillor they've lost due to a criminal charge, and their in-fighting gives Labour a run for its money. They can't win in this borough anymore. 

Labour have increased council tax and at the same time increased their own salaries, helped by the votes of the Independent and Conservative Councillors. Local people deserve better, and only the Liberal Democrats will deliver this."

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