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Archive for October, 2013

Reopening of Poplar baths

This week I have finally been able to give the green light to the restoration of Poplar Baths and also much loved Dame Colet House. This £36million project will see Poplar Baths brought back to its former glory; the long-disused Dame Colet House in Stepney brought back into use as a youth centre, and about 100 affordable and family-size homes built.

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Recently the Cross Government Group on Anti Muslim Hatred reported a growing and disturbing trend of hostility towards British Muslims. One statistic stood out in particular – namely that a quarter of young people apparently “do not trust Muslims”. I was not surprised in the slightest by the group’s further findings.

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A scheme allowing residents to nominate a place in the borough to receive a plaque has been launched by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

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A payout by major building companies to “blacklisted” workers has been welcomed by the mayor of Tower Hamlets. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said the decision by eight construction companies to compensate 3,200 employees whose names were on an industry black list was a “fantastic result”.

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English Defence League in crisis

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has welcomed news that leaders of the Far Right English Defence League (EDL) have abandoned the organisation. EDL leader, Tommy Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – and co-leader Kevin Carroll have announced they have quit the EDL, acknowledging that; “street protests are no longer productive”.

 Mayor Lutfur Rahman said:

 “I welcome the fact that the EDL have acknowledged the inevitable and are splitting up. Their extreme racist dogma is repellent and only last month, Tower Hamlets residents came together to successfully keep the EDL out of our borough. What is needed now is a call from both individuals for the EDL to be completely disbanded in its entirety and for people to be held account for the mayhem and violence that has traditionally followed in the wake of their marches. “

 Our message to them is that Britain has changed. People will no longer tolerate racism and fascism, wherever it attempts to manifest itself, whether on the streets, or on public platforms.”

 Note to Editors:

  1. The EDL staged a demonstration in east London on September, where Mr Robinson was arrested. He was charged with failing to comply with the law and inciting illegal public assembly, and is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on October 22.

For information about this press release contact  Numan Hussain , Political Advisor to the  Mayor , on 07508 352 023 or email numan.hussain@ towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Last week the Prime Minister, David Cameron promised to withdraw housing benefit and jobseekers allowance from the under 25 age group. He did so while claiming that he wants to make Britain ‘a land of opportunity for all’. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. There are around a million of our young people, often in the poorest and most deprived areas, who, largely and through no fault of their own are not in education or training or employment. These are the so called ‘Neets’, who Cameron clearly has destined for the streets, for there no other way of interpreting his new pledge.

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