As I’m certain you’ve seen by now, I used to be re-elected because the London Assembly member for City & East, which was the final constituency to declare, very late on the Saturday night.
The consequence made the wait worthwhile for me; I bought 57 per cent of the vote, and a 78,000 vote majority.
That consequence solely will increase my sense of accountability in direction of east London, notably in confronting the challenges forward as we get better from Covid-19.
I need to thank the great individuals of City & East for placing their religion in me at such a time. Every vote needs to be earned, and valued; no voter might be taken without any consideration.
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In east London we’ve got a proud historical past from which to attract inspiration to fulfill the current and future challenges – from the suffragettes and the Match Girl strikers, to the Poplar Rates Rebels and the Dagenham Ford strikers, to the mass actions that confronted racism and drove the far proper off our streets.
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We want this indomitable spirit now greater than ever. East London has made me who I’m, and has formed my life and my politics. After 4 many years of activism, my ardour for east London stays not simply undiminished however has elevated over time and I’ll give every thing I can to it over my time period in workplace.
The shut Newham mayoral referendum consequence mirrored polarised opinions among the many voters. As I stated in 2002, the desire of the individuals needs to be revered, no matter politicians’ views on governance fashions.
We should additionally convey the borough collectively to handle the problems that led to the referendum being known as: most residents should not bothered about constructions however about good service supply. I shall be doing what I can to assist from City Hall.
And the actual work of the brand new time period has begun: with Stephen Timms MP, I’ve met residents from Waterside Park about cladding and fireplace security, which is at the moment a significant difficulty throughout the constituency. More on this in my subsequent column.