Last Monday we announced our candidates for the 7 February by-elections in Lansbury and Shadwell and officially launched our campaign, joined by Tom Brake MP and London Mayoral Candidate Siobhan Benita.
We were delighted to announce the candidacy of Muhammad Abul Asad and Abjol Miah for the upcoming by-elections in Lansbury and Shadwell, respectively. We were joined by Tom Brake MP, Siobhan Benita (London Mayoral Candidate), Councillor Rabina Khan, and Elaine Bagshaw (Poplar & Limehouse Parliamentary Spokesperson). You can find all of the speeches from the night on our website here.
Muhammad Abul Asad, Liberal Democrat candidate for Lansbury, has over 35 years experience as a grassroots community campaigner, and served as a Councillor for 28 years. Read more about Muhammad Abul Asad here.
Abjol Miah, Liberal Democrat candidate for Shadwell, has 8 years experience as a councillor, and 35 years experience in youth and community work. Read more about Abjol Miah here.
Speakers at the event attacked Labour for closing the last council run nurseries in Tower Hamlets despite Mayor Biggs’ promises, and giving themselves a £100k pay rise. They noted that it is less than two years since external advisors had to be brought in to run children’s services. They said that the Liberal Democrats would prioritise early life care and investment in children’s services, to give all local children a better chance in life.
Siobhan Benita said:
“The Liberal Democrats are here for everybody in London. It is hugely important to have a strong voice, holding Labour to account in everything they do in Tower Hamlets. Labour have taken voters here for granted. You can’t decimate children’s services on the one hand and still claim to be tackling serious violence on the other. Those two things do not work together.”
Councillor Rabina Khan said:
“When John Biggs stood as Mayor he said there would be no scandal. But the first thing Labour did was give themselves pay rises. We live in a borough where 1 in 3 children are living in poverty but he closed the nurseries. He did not put people at the heart of Tower Hamlets. They have been let down by Labour time and time again, and we need a strong opposition.
I am now part of a mainstream party that is about integration and inclusion. We are part of the mainstream, we are part of British society. We want to see our yellow bird flying over Tower Hamlets. We demand better for Lansbury and Shadwell.”
See more from the event in our video here.