Lib Dems Launch Friends of Bangladesh at Victory Day event

Lib Dems launch Friends of Bangladesh at Victory Day event in Tower Hamlets (16/12/18).

Liberal Democrat London Mayoral Candidate Siobhan Benita has hailed the launch of Liberal Democrat Friends of Bangladesh at an event to commemorate Bangladeshi Victory Day on Sunday 16th December in Tower Hamlets. The new organisation, launched at the event, will foster understanding and support between the Liberal Democrats and Britain's Bangladeshi communities, many of whom live in the borough.

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Meet Your Candidates for Shadwell and Lansbury

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.


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Labour Councillor resigns in housing fraud scandal

cllr-muhammud-harun.jpgLabour Councillor for Lansbury, Muhammad Harun, has resigned his position after allegations emerged of housing fraud. Former Councillor Harun is alleged to have let out a social tenancy property despite owning two other properties in Tower Hamlets and Essex. The news was broken last night by the local independent journalism blog Love Wapping. On the council, Harun sat as Vice Chair of the Audit Committee, responsible for ensuring financial propriety and signing off on expenditure.

Harun's resignation will trigger a by-election in Lansbury ward, to be held in the new year. It follows only two months after Blackwall and Cubitt Town Labour Councillor Mohammed Pappu resigned his Labour Party membership after he was revealed to have promoted antisemitic content online. Pappu has still not stood down from his role as a councillor and sits as an independent.

Liberal Democrats have raised serious concerns over Tower Hamlets Labour's candidate selection process.

Rabina Khan, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Shadwell, said:

"Tower Hamlets residents are tired of being let down by Labour again and again. It's unacceptable that two Labour councillors have had to step down within only months of being elected and I doubt that this will be the last Labour councillor to be investigated. With local people struggling more and more with the economic challenges of Brexit, councillors should be taking action to support their constituents, not taking advantage of their position." 

Elaine Bagshaw, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar and Limehouse said:

"As a Lansbury resident I want to be able to take pride in our ward and in its representatives. John Biggs promised local residents a new type of politics in the borough, moving beyond the corruption that made headlines in recent years. After only 7 months we've seen how empty that promise was. The people of Lansbury are entitled to better and should demand better from their Council." 

Outside Tower Hamlets, there have been a string of recent scandals involving national and local Labour candidates selected since Jeremy Corbyn's leadership:

  • Haringey Labour were forced to improve their vetting process after a Councillor was convicted for supplying class A drugs at a music festival. The candidate, who is also the son of Edmonton Labour MP Kate Osamor, passed his selection after his arrest.
  • Peterborough MP Fiona Onansaya was suspended from the party last week after being found guilty of lying to police in order to avoid receiving a speeding ticket. She has been urged to step down from Parliament.
  • Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara, who narrowly defeated Nick Clegg in 2017, quit the Labour party earlier this year. He was suspended by the party after sexist and homophobic messages he had posted online came to light. Although the party later reinstated his membership, he quit in protest at his treatment and still sits as an independent MP.
  • A Labour Councillor in Bognor Regis was suspended by the party and quit his role in August after commenting online that Adolf Hitler "would have had a solution to the Israel problem"

Two Labour MPs, Frank Field and Ivan Lewis have also resigned the Labour whip this year in protest at the poor handling of allegations of rising antisemitism within the party.

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Campaign for Accessible Lifts at Wapping Overground Station

Wapping Overground Station isn't fully accessible - despite several upgrades. We're supporting calls for lifts to be installed, so that Wapping Overground Station is accessible to all. Find out more about how you can help. 

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Wapping Pumping Station Redevelopment Proposals

"We must ensure that residents are updated and consulted, not just at an exhibition, but continuously throughout the project."

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Meet the new THLD Exec!

Thank you to everybody who joined us at the Osmani Centre on Monday for our 2018 AGM. We heard from some of our fantastic GLA candidates, discussed the year just gone, and appointed our new Exec!

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7 commitments we made at Lib Dem conference that would improve Tower Hamlets and London

Last month we held our annual conference in Brighton, where party members got to set Lib Dem policy. Here are just 7 of those bold, progressive commitments that we made!

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Labour Blackwall councillor suspended over anti-Semitic posts

Labour Councillor Mohammed Pappu has been suspended from the party and his committee positions after being challenged by The Times newspaper over posts he shared on Facebook that promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

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Black History Month in Tower Hamlets

October 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month, and Tower Hamlets is bursting with events.

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Cllr Rabina Khan joins the Liberal Democrats

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.”

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