Jim Fitzpatrick: Labour must engage
By Jim Fitzpatrick
I hear that some Labour members are calling on organisations in Tower Hamlets to refuse to cooperate with Mayor Lutfur Rahman. I must confess to finding this extremely naive. I have established regular meetings with the mayor, and the Labour Group leadership in Tower Hamlets is engaging similarly to try to influence his decisions.
Labour did not win the General Election, nor the London Mayoralty, nor the contest for Mayor of Tower Hamlets; but we have to live in the real world, and that means engagement.
Two big planning issues, at King Edward Memorial Park and at Orchard Wharf, are in the mix at present.
Tower Hamlets Council will be very important in influencing one, and deciding the other.
Residents close to the park are extremely concerned about the loss of precious open space.
Residents near East India Basin are very worried about what a cement factory will do to their homes and the impact the dust will have on the ecology centre and the wildlife sanctuary.
I have engaged with both residents' groups and am doing what I can to assist them.
- Jim Fitzpatrick is MP for Poplar and Limehouse