New Redbridge mayor aiming to thank all Covid volunteers

Redbridge Council’s new mayor desires to personally thank everybody who stepped up to assist in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Roy Emmett (Lab, Hainault), a councillor as soon as accused however later cleared of “bullying” and asking political favours, was made mayor of the borough final night time (April 29).

Cllr Emmett has served as a Redbridge councillor from 1994 till 2002 after which once more from 2014, representing Loxford, Fairlop and Hainault wards, and likewise as chief Labour whip.

In his handle to members final night time, he requested councillors to let the mayor’s workplace know which individuals and organisations had helped out in the course of the pandemic so they may obtain his private thanks.

He stated: “In the previous 12 months, many individuals and plenty of organisations have come collectively in assist and assist. They weren’t requested to achieve this… they simply stepped up and did it.

“I’ll endeavour to go down and go to (the organisations) and thank them formally on behalf of the borough. (For people), I’ll invite them to the mayor’s parlour to thank them in particular person.”

He added: “Whilst this pandemic has affected a complete vary of society throughout the borough, I consider a gaggle that has had to and can proceed to undergo is eighteen to 25-year-olds, significantly those that have further caring and assist duties of their life.”

He defined that this is the reason he had chosen Redbridge Carers’ Support Service, who’ve a undertaking particularly for younger grownup carers, as his chosen charity for this yr.

Cllr Emmett takes over from Cllr Zulfiqar Hussain, who was mayor for an unprecedented two years due to the sudden emergence of the pandemic.

As he isn’t non secular, the mayor’s prayers that start each council assembly will likely be changed by a second of reflection led by Paul Kaufman, founding father of East London Humanists.

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