Shadwell and Lansbury by-elections to take place on Thursday 7 February 2019

The Shadwell by-election and the by-election for Lansbury ward will both take place on Thursday 7 February 2019.

The Lansbury by-election was announced in December following the resignation of former Labour councillor Muhammad Harun (due to various property fraud allegation reasons), the Shadwell by-election as a result of the resignation of former Labour councillor Rahul Amin last week (due to various personal reasons).

Another councillor, Mohammed Pappu, remains suspended from the Labour party after admitting posting anti-Semitic remarks on social media. Instead of resigning he wrote a very very long grovelling apology. 

You are joking – not another one!

Prospective candidates have until 4pm on 11 January 2019 to submit their nomination papers with a list of validly nominated candidates to be announced no later than 4pm Monday 14 January 2019

The deadline to register is Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Residents can find out how to vote by visiting this page on the council’s website.

Selection process? What selection process?

Councillor Andrew Wood, leader of the Conservative group in Tower Hamlets, said: “We are deeply concerned by the Labour party selection process that has resulted in two resignations of councillors within months of being elected as well as one still currently suspended for antisemitic posts.”

What are councillors supposed to do?

Candidates can find out about what being a councillor means on the Be A Councillor site.

Apparently, duties include:

  • Representing the ward for which they are elected
  • Decision-making
  • Developing and reviewing council policy
  • Scrutinising decisions taken by the councillors on the executive or cabinet
  • Regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
  • Community leadership and engagement

Seriously. That is what it says.

Meanwhile… in Tower Hamlets Councillor Sirajul Islam (centre) was rapidly running out of colleagues.

LW Comment

Oddly enough the formal wording of the by-election notices refers to there being ‘a casual vacancy’ for both wards.

Given the lackadaisical approach that some councillors take to holding elected office in our borough, this terminology would seem appropriate.

It is only a matter of time before a Tower Hamlets councillor resigns using the excuse that his or her onerous workload as an Uber driver is too difficult to manage with the whole democratic representative thing.

We would not want any councillors resigning due to various hard work reasons, now would we?

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