On 17 May, the final Saturday before the local elections on 22 May, the Young Fabians will be campaigning in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

The area has been in the news a lot recently as police went in to investigate the current independent Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman over fraud allegations. Writer Dave Hill has written about this political 'battle' for power.

In truth, the political, cultural and social context is too complex to touch upon here, but what we what we do know is that our Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs has had a tough fight and he needs our support.

In an interview with the Guardian, Biggs said: "I'm a Labour politician committed to respecting communities, faiths, and diversity, but also part of the mainstream, which is what people came here to be part of. I'm a respectful, decent bloke who's got a track record for delivering and I will roll my sleeves up and get on with the nitty gritty of providing opportunities and school places and trying to challenge the rough edges of the housing market, rather than getting preoccupied with some of the niche issues that have preoccupied so much of Lutfur Rahman's administration."

You can read his manifesto here.

The last head-to-head elections were decided by 40 and 200 votes. It's tough to call but local organisers working there day-in and day-out believe that we have the momentum given the allegations against the Mayor of fraud and corruption currently under investigation by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Next Saturday, with a few days to go until the election we will be knocking on the Labour promise, making sure they're prepared to vote.

 

WHEN
May 17, 2014 at 10:30am - 12:30pm
WHERE
Outside Bethnal Green Underground Station
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 0ET
United Kingdom
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CONTACT
Alvin Carpio ·
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