As we enter the final hours of campaigning, Elaine Bagshaw reflected on the campaign so far, saying “We’ve staged an incredible fightback here in Tower Hamlets over the past few weeks. We’ve had contacts with over 7,000 residents and the videos that have formed part of our digital campaign have had over 35,000 views. We’ve had over a hundred people come and help, including Tim Farron MP, Norman Lamb MP, Tom Brake MP and Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly Member.”
Elaine and her team have used what they’ve heard from local residents to help them build their new ideas and vision for the borough.
- Making sure that there are affordable homes for working families, by ensuring that all new developments in the borough include an allocation of social housing
- Rolling out a licensing scheme for all private landlords in borough
- Using our powers through section 106 agreements to deliver new local facilities such as more GPs and better local transport, so that we build homes and communities in Tower Hamlets
- Creating apprenticeships that pay the London Living Wage
- Working with neighbouring boroughs to improve our street cleaning service and save money that can be re-invested in other key services
- Saving £1.5m a year by scrapping East End Life, the council newspaper
- Creating satellite town halls across the borough, rather than a central office at Whitechapel
- Zero tolerance on corruption, achieved by strengthening the Council’s whistleblowing policy and working with the commissioners to put necessary measures in place
Elaine Bagshaw said: “Tomorrow’s election should be about the future of our borough, not its past. I encourage everyone to vote for hope, vision and what they believe in, rather than voting against something. I have a new vision for the borough that will see us driven by opportunity; served by a responsive and accountable council and united by our diversity as a borough.
I’m not interested in using the Mayor’s office to settle old scores and continue old grudges. I’m here to work with local people to unite our community and create a better borough for everyone. A vote for me tomorrow is a vote for a better Tower Hamlets.”