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Mayor Biggs turns manifesto plans into action

At the first Cabinet meeting since the 2018 local elections, Mayor John Biggs formally adopted his election manifesto as the official policy of Tower Hamlets Council.

The manifesto, the Mayor’s blueprint for the borough, was overwhelmingly endorsed by the public who elected 42 Labour councillors and re-elected Mayor Biggs, who secured the most votes ever in a Tower Hamlets mayoral election, receiving a total of 44865 votes.

The manifesto priorities will be included in the council’s new Strategic Plan, due to be published soon.

The key themes of the manifesto were to:

Clean our streets and improve our air quality

Make Tower Hamlets safer

Put young people and families at the heart of all we do

Tackle the housing crisis

Reduce poverty and inequality, and improve health

The manifesto also set out key achievements of the Mayor’s first term, including cleaning up the council, getting the finances under control, investing in extra police officers, delivering 1,000 new council homes and tackling rogue landlords, launching WorkPath to help thousands of residents into work, and investing to clean up our streets and increase our recycling rate.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “We set out very clear plans in our manifesto to take our borough forward. Now it’s time to deliver.

“I have been working with our Labour team, and with council staff, to go through the manifesto and set out how we can build on over three years of progress and deliver our manifesto pledges. My priorities, including plans to make the borough safer and put young people and families at the heard of everything we do, will now be mapped out in the council’s Strategic Plan and as a team we will be working to turn plans into action. These plans build on everything we achieved during my first term as Mayor.

“We laid down solid foundations over the last three years and residents in Tower Hamlets have given us a powerful mandate to carry on our work.”