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A message from your new mayor, Lutfur Rahman

Credit: Tower Hamlets Council

This message is from an email we recieved from Tower Hamlets Council. View the email here.

It is my privilege to be writing to you as the new Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Last week, thousands of residents exercised their democratic right to vote for their Mayor and councillors. The result was 24 councillor seats for the Aspire Party I represent, 19 for Labour, one Conservative and one Green.

I would like to thank the people of Tower Hamlets for giving me a chance to serve you again as your executive Mayor. 

Whether or not you voted for me, I want you to know that I am here to serve everyone. I have always striven to serve all the communities that make up Tower Hamlets. And to give back to the place where I grew up.

I am proud of our rich culture and diversity, our incredible places and institutions and a history that represents not just the story of London, but in standing up for what is right, whether fighting fascism in Cable Street, the right for women to vote in Roman Road, or the Poplar Rates Rebellion.

However, we also have deep contradictions, for example half of our children grow up in poverty, and many opportunities are inaccessible to most people. I want to invest in our residents, from our youngsters who are our future to our senior citizens. I want to make sure we go forward as one community with opportunity for all.

Together we will deliver on issues that I know are important to you, such as housing, education and helping people through the cost of living crisis.

Along with the newly elected members, I look forward to working alongside council officers, partner organisations, community groups and residents.

It is an honour to serve you once again.

In next week’s newsletter I will outline our plan for our first hundred days, and how you can be a part of it.

Best wishes,

Lutfur Rahman

Mayor of Tower Hamlets

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