Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs is boycotting the opening of the Jack the Ripper Museum after the huge backlash to the new tourist attraction.
The museum was initially earmarked as a place to celebrate east London women’s history, yet it caused outrage when it was unveiled as a museum that set out to tell the infamous tale from the murdered prostitutes' point of view.
Further controversy came when a charity that fights violence against women, Eaves, said there was no link between the organisation and the museum - which had been claimed by its founder, former Google head of diversity and inclusion Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe.
Mr Biggs said: “The decision made to open a Jack the Ripper Museum instead of one celebrating the history of women in the borough is extremely disappointing. It has become clear that the council’s planning department was misled by the applicant. We completely understand the concerns of the local community and elsewhere.
“I have withdrawn from attending the opening of this museum as I feel the focus of the museum has significantly changed. I will be seeking an explanation from the museum owners as to how this shift in the nature of the museum has come about.
“Planning officers in the council will be investigating whether the installed museum sign is contrary to the planning approval conditions. Further enforcement may also be taken in relation to the opening hours listed on their website, which are not in line with the original planning application.”