Lutfur Rahman: Don't drag the borough down too
COMMENTBy Lutfur Rahman
Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs' vacuous feel-good promises and sweeping criticisms that denigrate the achievements of our borough demonstrate just how unfit he is to lead Tower Hamlets.
While he has been in a working coalition with the Conservatives, we have constructively fought the Government's cuts.
Mr Biggs overlooks our national accolades, not least of which is the Independent, saying: "From fail to the world's best schools."
I have become accustomed to ferocious ad-hominem assaults from the opposition.
But I can't help feeling sad that in their eagerness to run me down they have also tried to slur the reputation of the borough.
This is sad. Our achievements have been remarkable.
Keep Britain Tidy gave us the award for the cleanest streets. Ofsted says we have some of the best schools in the country.
The Sunday Times gave us the Best Council Housing Scheme Award. People's Choice voted Victoria Park the best in London and we won the Green Flag Award for some of the best parks in Britain.
We've topped the national house building league table. The Government has awarded us £50million New Homes Bonus for building the most affordable homes in the country for the last three years.
And if you want to look all of these up, you can go the Idea Stores - which won the Best Customer Service Award.
I am proud of Tower Hamlets and its achievements - and we have much to be proud about.
■ Lutfur Rahman is executive mayor of Tower Hamlets Council