Skip to content

Council confirm referendum for mayor has been triggered by petition

November 18, 2009

Tower Hamlets council’s chief law officer and Assistant Chief Executive Isabella Freeman this afternoon confirmed that the referendum to decide whether or not Tower Hamlets should have a mayoral system of government has been triggered by petition.

“This is a fantastic achievement,” said Councillor Abjol Miah. “There has been a tremendous feeling building up in Tower Hamlets that things must change. That is why so many have flocked to sign the petition to trigger a referendum after the Labour and Conservative Parties decided they would not allow the people to vote on the matter. I want to thank everyone who has helped to bring about this incredible result.”

George Galloway MP said: “This is a mighty blow for democracy against the political establishment, both Labour and Conservative, who have opposed this referendum. I am very pleased that this referendum has now been called as a result of the efforts of so many across Tower Hamlets. Now we will start the campaign for a Yes vote to establish a mayor who can really begin to address the problems this borough faces whilst being directly accountable to the people.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. sumon permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:02 pm

    i am sumon from East ham in London .

    • pressofficethr permalink*
      November 20, 2009 2:08 pm

      Hello Sumon, thanks for writing. did you have a comment or question about this that you would like us to ask our councillors?

  2. A concerned citizen permalink
    November 26, 2009 3:01 pm

    I put forward a comment suggesting that Respect may be hypocritical because they have policies in Newham and Hackney to remove the mayoral system and the Newham candidate in 2006 called the system “undemocratic”.

    But you didn’t publish it for some reason. Are Respect unable to accept any type of criticism? Isn’t this the type of “spin” you accuse others of?

    • pressofficethr permalink*
      November 29, 2009 9:47 pm

      Dear ‘A Concerned Citizen’

      I am afraid you are mistaken. We did indeed publish your comment, under the article you posted it on, which was not this one but one by Councillor Abjol Miah entitled ‘Why We Need an Elected Mayor’. We also responded to that comment you made, setting out why we believe we are right to campaign for an improvement to local democracy in Tower Hamlets.

      Far from not being able to take criticism, we welcome your comments as I hope we have demonstrated. As I said in our previous response to you, we have done our bit by triggering a referendum so everyone can have their say. Now it is the community’s turn to decide what is best. Tower Hamlets Respect is firmly with the majority who want an end to back-room deals and council leaders parachuted in by London Labour diktat.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: