The video footage of Jeremy Corbyn published over the weekend in which he criticises British "Zionists" for failing to "understand English irony" is yet another grave example of the Labour leader's alienation of British Jews, and must surely be an ultimatum for many members of the Labour party.
In Tower Hamlets this new material is particularly troubling, following on from Corbyn's prior statements of support for an artist who used crude and gratuitous antisemitic tropes in a mural painted near Brick Lane, and the leader's failure to explain his comments since.
Most troublingly, whether or not Corbyn claims to have had a more nuanced intention, this statement legitimises and emboldens antisemites within Corbyn's support base and beyond – just as Boris Johnson's comments on women's clothing have stoked public expressions of islamophobia in recent weeks. At a time where police are reporting rises in hate crime, we expect and demand better from our political leaders.
As Vince Cable has made clear, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, sexism, transphobia, and bigotry in any form are not welcome in the Liberal Democrats
. We call on Labour and the Conservatives to act more decisively in resolving these issues, both locally and among their senior representatives.
Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse
The St Katharine's & Wapping Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel is holding a public meeting on Thursday 19 July at 6.15pm, at Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Docks.
This panel is a very important link between the police and residents in the ward, and the Lib Dems have supported ward panels being set up across the Borough. If you are a local resident, please join the meeting and hear about the latest initiatives to keep the area safe and overview the work of the local Police. Contact Stephen O'Shea with any questions at 07505 982212.
The St Katherine's & Wapping Safer Neighbourhood ward panel is a non-political voluntary Group working with the Police, Local Authority & Residents to make the Ward a Safer Place in which to Live and Work.
Thursday was a good day for our party nationally. We gained 75 Councillors and took control of four new councils. While Labour and the Conservatives mainly did well either in London or in the rest of England, the Liberal Democrats made respectable gains across the map.
Local Tower Hamlets news title LoveWapping has published an article asking whether voters will 'turn Wapping yellow on May 3rd'. In the article, LoveWapping noted the strength and effective organisation of the local Lib Dem campaign, the need for radical change in Tower Hamlets and the lack of choice offered to voters by other parties.
In a letter in the Evening Standard leading Lib Dems have called for early intervention to tackle knife crime, drawing on the example of Scotland. The letter is signed by Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem GLA Member) and four Lib Dem Mayoral candidates: Pauline Pearce (Hackney), Chris Maines (Lewisham), Gareth Evans (Newham) and Elaine Bagshaw (Tower Hamlets).
Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats, led by Mayoral Candidate Elaine Bagshaw, have submitted a full slate of candidates for the upcoming local elections on May 3rd -and will be competing every single seat.
Responding to comments made by Theresa May about the funding of the NHS, Former Liberal Democrat Health Minister, Norman Lamb, said:
“Although it is a step in the right direction for Theresa May to take a long-term approach to funding the NHS, it is not clear whether the government will commit to new revenue streams to fund the health service.
Commenting on reports today released by the government that show that rough sleeping has risen by a third since 2015, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:
“The homelessness figures revealed today show that the situation is spiralling out of control. In the last two years we have seen the number of rough sleepers sky rocket by one third.
Meetings in the Tower Hamlets Council chamber are not always particularly productive — with Councillors storming out or bickering endlessly.
But last night was more encouraging. It was the final Council meeting by our Councillor, Andrew Cregan, and he went out with a bang!