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Vote for a directly elected Mayor: consultation now open

September 20, 2009

The East London Advertiser reported earlier this month how Tower Hamlets Respect are backing a new democratic system of governance for our Borough. At the time, Respect group leader Councillor Abjol Miah said:

“Tower Hamlets needs strong leadership directly accountable to the voters. The current situation is untenable. We have a Cabinet representing a deeply divided Labour group which decides major issues in secret with just the occasional council meeting which never makes any significant decisions. This is centralisation of power without proper accountability. Voters need a direct connection to local government which is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money a year.”

Now, with the consultation ending on 22 October, we are calling on all residents to participate and make your voice heard. We believe local opinion is with us on the need for an end to the behind-closed-doors status quo that has failed us. But with the Labour-run council dug in against a move towards more accountable local government, we need to step the pressure up.


  • To visit the Tower Hamlets Council consultation page click here
  • To go straight to the vote page click here
One Comment leave one →
  1. East Ender permalink
    September 20, 2009 1:53 pm

    At last! a party that stands up for the people of Tower Hamlets.

    Why did people not listen to what they were saying 4 years ago if people had listened to The Respect Party then we would not have a council in power that discredits and overlooks the residents of this Borough .

    Hopefully people get behind the support for an elected Mayor and back the Respect party because they seem to be the only party with any policies.

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