Labour councillors can thank their Chief Whip Cllr. Kevin Brady for turning a spotlight on the numbers of Members Enquiries (MEs) that each councillor generates. An ME is similar to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request but is raised by a councillor when they need to get some information from council officers (and is a lot quicker than a FoI).
Cllr. Rabina Khan (Shadwell, Liberal Democrat) raised an ME to find out how many MEs each councillor has requested and LW is delighted to bring you the results. LW was thinking of deducting one from her score but that would be pedantic.
The number of MEs each councillor raises does not give a full picture of how busy / idle a councillor has been of course, but it is a reasonable indicator of how energetic our elected representatives are.
The Busiest Councillors
While Cllr. Marc Francis (Labour, Bow East) has raised an amazing 611 MEs between 1 May 2018 to 31 May 2019 the data shows that Cllr. Rabina Khan has come a close second with 457 enquiries. Cllr. Sirajul Islam (Labour, Bethnal Green) comes third with a very respectable 416 ME requests.
Well done all! No prizes ‘cos we can’t afford them and its obvious your are councillors ‘cos you just love it.
Just for fun we calculated the average number of MEs per councillor for each political party. You can see the very interesting results below.
We should explain that our Statistics Branch has not included the MEs raised by either Mayor John Biggs (3,074) or Cllr. Harun Miah (Aspire, Shadwell) with one as these are numbers are ‘outliers’, data that is not representative and are so excluded so as not to skew the results.
The Mayor’s huge number of MEs is because, you guessed it, he is the Mayor and Cllr. Harun Miah was only elected in February this year. For some reason Cllr. Rajib Ahmed (Labour, Lansbury) does not appear in the data, we are checking why this may be.
Cllr. Andrew Wood (Conservative, Canary Wharf) and Cllr. Peter Golds (Conservative, Canary Wharf) are two of the busiest councillors we know and Andrew’s tally of 119 MEs and Cllr. Golds 91 shows that just numbers do not provide the full picture. Both these results are probably on the low side because the two Conservative councillors are usually busy going around the borough sorting stuff out, increasingly because some other councillors are just bone idle. We mention no names.
The Bone Idle Councillors
Interesting, isn’t it? As a representation of how busy each political party is we do think this is pretty good. Cllr. Rabina Khan, who is all by her own self in the councillor chamber as the only Liberal Democrat councillor is a runaway winner.
Members Enquiries by Councillor (Response to ME)1 May 2018 to 31 May 2019 Data Source: Members Enquiry 16916897, Tower Hamlets Council
|Rank||Name||Job Title||Ward||Party||Total Members Enquiries|
|1||Francis, Marc||Councillor||Bow East||Labour||611|
|2||Khan, Rabina||Councillor||Shadwell||Liberal Democrat||457|
|3||Islam, Sirajul||Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing||Bethnal Green||Labour||416|
|4||Miah, Puru||Councillor||Mile End||Labour||256|
|5||Das, Dipa||Councillor||St Dunstan's||Labour||234|
|6||Blake, Rachel||Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty||Bow East||Labour||233|
|7||Whitehead, Val||Councillor||Bow West||Labour||182|
|9||Edgar, David||Cabinet Member for Environment||Mile End||Labour||164|
|10||McQuillan, Eve||Mayoral Advisor for Tackling Poverty & Inequality||Bethnal Green||Labour||162|
|11||Ronald, Candida||Cabinet Member for Resources and the Voluntary Sector||Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Labour||134|
|12||Miah , Ayas||Councillor||St Dunstan's||Labour||129|
|13||Tomlinson, Dan||Mayoral Advisor for Highways and Public Realm||Bromley North||Labour||120|
|14||Khan, Tarik Ahmed||Councillor||St Peter's||Labour||119|
|15||Wood, Andrew||Leader of the Conservative Group||Canary Wharf||Conservative||119|
|17||Bustin, Mufeedah||Mayoral Advisor for Tackling Poverty and Inequalities||Island Gardens||Labour||110|
|18||Golds, Peter||Councillor||Island Gardens||Conservative||91|
|19||Obaze, Victoria||Speaker of the Council||Whitechapel||Labour||89|
|20||Chowdhury, Shad Uddin||Councillor||Spitalfields & Banglatown||Labour||84|
|21||Hassell, Danny||Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Young People||Bromley South||Labour||83|
|23||Ameen, Shah Suhel||Councillor||Whitechapel||Labour||79|
|24||Begum, Asma||Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities||Bow West||Labour||76|
|25||Islam, Asma||Mayoral Advisor for the Community and Voluntary Sector||Mile End||Labour||75|
|26||Uz-Zaman, Motin||Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth||Stepney Green||Labour||75|
|27||Haque, Ehtasham||Councillor||Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Labour||66|
|28||Brady, Kevin||Labour Whip||St Peter's||Labour||60|
|30||Salva Macallan, Gabriela||Councillor||St Peter's||Labour||44|
|31||Ahmed, Faroque Mahfuz||Councillor||Whitechapel||Labour||39|
|32||Uddin, Helal||Councillor||Bromley South||Labour||35|
|34||Jones, Denise||Older People's Champion||St Katharine's & Wapping||Labour||25|
|35||Hossain, Mohammed Ahbab||Councillor||Bethnal Green||Labour||22|
|37||Perry, Kyrsten Danielle||Mayor's cycling and pedestrian champion||Canary Wharf||Labour||15|
|38||Rahman, Zenith||Councillor||Bromley North||Labour||15|
|39||Pappu, Mohammed Iqbal||Councillor||Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Labour||14|
|40||Qureshi, Leema Omar||Councillor||Spitalfields & Banglatown||Labour||9|
|41||Ullah, Abdal||Councillor||St Katharine's & Wapping||Labour||5|
|42||Akhtar, Sabina||Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit||Stepney Green||Labour||4|
|43||Ali, Amina||Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing||Bow East||Labour||4|
Quite right Cllr. Brady – she is nailing it
We know Cllr. Kevin Brady (Labour, St. Peters’) hates to be ignored so thought it only fair to point out that he has only managed to generate 60 MEs, way below the overall average of 114 MEs.
We have some other fun ideas for examining this data which we will publish soon if we can be bothered.