Tower Hamlets Council calls for further action to tackle the Climate Emergency

Tower Hamlets Council agreed a motion from the Labour Group last week which called on the UK Government to provide local authorities with the necessary resources to take further action against climate change, and to provide more public investment in green projects across the UK. The UK Government was the host of COP26 this month, […]

Mayor Biggs reacts to Westferry decision

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Today’s decision on Westferry Printworks is the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Tory sleaze. “When Robert Jenrick approved the Westferry Printworks planning application, going against the views of Tower Hamlets Council, many residents, and his own planning inspector, it raised serious questions. There were allegations […]

Tower Hamlets Council demands urgent action to tackle climate emergency

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and Councillor Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in light of the COP26 to call for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency both in the UK and around the world. The UK Government […]

Mayor Biggs responds to Budget 2021

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget 2021, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Today the Chancellor’s budget pledged a ‘new economy’ but it sounded like the same old Tories to me. Rishi Sunak is giving with one hand having taken away with the other, and the Tories have spent the last decade slashing funding […]

Tower Hamlets Council urges Chancellor to boost funding in Spending Review

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and Councillor Candida Ronald, Cabinet Member for Resources and the Voluntary Sector, have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in light of the Spending Review to call for increased funding and support to ensure London has a fair and strong post-pandemic recovery. In the letter, they write in […]

Tower Hamlets Co-operative Commission launched to explore the role of co-operation in a fairer and more sustainable Covid-19 recovery

The Tower Hamlets Co-operative Commission was launched virtually this week by Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs, Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor Councillor Rachel Blake and Labour & Co-operative representatives, with support from the Co-operative Party. The commission will examine how co-operative values and principles could inform a fairer and more sustainable recovery from Covid-19 in the […]

Tower Hamlets Council keeps up the pressure on Tesco over price rises

Tower Hamlets Council is keeping up the pressure on Tesco over its changes to store structures (converting Tesco Metro to Tesco Express stores) and the resulting impact on food prices. Tesco Express pricing excludes the supermarket price-match offers, increasing the pricing of regular shopping for residents. Last month, Mayor Biggs and Cabinet Member Cllr Bustin […]