OK, it’s a low bar but the latest data on how many Members Enquiries (MEs) each of the borough’s councillors raise is revealing nevertheless.
Either one of our readers may remember that we published How busy has your ward councillor been? which revealed how many MEs each of our elected members raised between 1 May 2018 to 31 May 2019.
This proved so popular (both our readers saw it) that a resident asked Cllr. Andrew Wood (Conservative, Canary Wharf) if he would raise a ME to find out the latest data please?
Always happy to help Cllr. Wood did just that and we can now present the number of MEs raised by Tower Hamlets Councillors between 1 June 2019 and 31 December 2019.
What on earth do you do Cllr. Abdal Ullah?
LW is presenting the results in reverse order for the very simple reason that one Labour councillor’s name did not appear on the ME response – because he had not raised one single ME for a resident in the entire seven months of the survey.
Not one. Zero. Nil. Nada. Null points.
Here’s the original response if you want to check [PDF].
Perfect canvassing material
So we added Cllr. Abdal Ullah anyway to ensure that his level of diligence in taking care of the residents of St. Katharine’s Dock and Wapping ward is on record and that come the next local elections he can use this on his canvassing material. (Oh alright, probably not, but all the other candidates can use it, no need to ask permission.)
To the surprise of no-one yet again Cllr. Marc Francis (Labour, Bow East) generated the most MEs, 423, with Cllr. Rabina Khan (Shadwell, Lib Dem) a close second with 401 enquiries. Well done both. These two ultra busy people were way ahead of Cllr. Sirajul Islam (Bethnal Green, Labour) on 192. Mayor Biggs raised 1,918 MEs which is no surprise ‘cos he is the Mayor.
Members Enquiries raised by Tower Hamlets Councillors 1 June 2019 - 31 December 2019Members Enquiries raised by Mayor John Biggs for this time period totalled 1,918. This has been excluded from the data table below as it would skew the overall results.
|Rank||Name||Role||Ward||Party||Total ME Requests|
|44||Akhtar. Sabina||Councillor, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit||Stepney Green||Labour||0|
|44||Ullah, Abdal||Councillor||St Katharine's & Wapping||Labour||0|
|42||Rahman, Zenith||Councillor||Bromley North||Labour||2|
|41||Jones, Denise||Councillor, Older People's Champion||St Katharine's & Wapping||Labour||2|
|39||Qureshi, Leema||Councillor||Spitalfields & Banglatown||Labour||6|
|37||Hossain, Mohammed Ahbab||Councillor||Bethnal Green||Labour||11|
|36||Pappu, Mohammed Iqbal||Councillor||Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Labour||16|
|35||Uddin, Helal||Councillor||Bromley South||Labour||17|
|34||Uz-Zaman, Motin||Councillor, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth)||Stepney Green||Labour||23|
|33||Ameen, Shah Suhel||Councillor||Whitechapel||Labour||27|
|31||Haque, Ehtasham||Councillor||Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Labour||29|
|30||Ahmed, Faroque Mahfuz||Councillor||Whitechapel||Labour||29|
|29||Obaze, Victoria||Councillor, Speaker of the Council||Whitechapel||Labour||33|
|28||Perry, Kyrsten Danielle||Councillor, Mayor's cycling and pedestrian champion||Canary Wharf||Labour||35|
|27||Salva Macallan, Gabriela||Councillor||St Peter's||Labour||37|
|26||Ali, Amina||Councillor, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing||Bow East||Labour||38|
|25||Islam, Asma||Councillor, Mayoral Advisor for the Community and Voluntary Sector||Mile End||Labour||40|
|22||Bustin, Mufeedah||Councillor, Mayoral Advisor for Tackling Poverty and Inequalities||Island Gardens||Labour||46|
|21||Hassell, Danny||Councillor, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Young People||Bromley South||Labour||48|
|20||Brady, Kevin||Councillor||St Peter's||Labour||51|
|19||Khan, Tarik Ahmed||Councillor||St Peter's||Labour||60|
|18||Miah , Ayas||Councillor||St Dunstan's||Labour||61|
|17||Ronald, Candida||Councillor, Cabinet Member for Resources and the Voluntary Sector.||Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Labour||65|
|16||McQuillan, Eve||Councillor, Mayoral Advisor for Tackling Poverty & Inequality||Bethnal Green||Labour||66|
|14||Tomlinson, Dan||Councillor, Mayoral Advisor for Highways and Public Realm||Bromley North||Labour||70|
|13||Begum, Asma||Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities||Bow West||Labour||71|
|11||Edgar, David||Councillor,Cabinet Member for Environment||Mile End||Labour||80|
|10||Golds, Peter||Councillor||Island Gardens||Conservative||81|
|9||Chowdhury, Shad Uddin||Councillor||Spitalfields & Banglatown||Labour||86|
|8||Wood, Andrew||Councillor (Leader of Conservative Group)||Canary Wharf||Conservative||97|
|7||Miah, Puru||Councillor||Mile End||Labour||128|
|6||Das, Dipa||Councillor||St Dunstan's||Labour||131|
|5||Whitehead, Val||Councillor||Bow West||Labour||139|
|4||Blake, Rachel||Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty||Bow East||Labour||140|
|3||Islam, Sirajul||Councillor, Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing||Bethnal Green||Labour||192|
|2||Khan, Rabina||Councillor||Shadwell||Liberal Democrat||401|
|1||Francis, Marc||Councillor||Bow East||Labour||423|
Note: This data table was updated on 26 January 2020 to include the data for Cllr. Sabina Akhtar (Labour, Stepney Green) which we originally omitted. We apologise for the error.
LW presented the previous ME survey as only an indicator of how busy each Tower Hamlets councillor was. The stunningly abject performance of Cllr. Abdal Ullah in not once asking the council a question on behalf of any of ‘his’ residents in eight months shows that the ME survey is more than an indicator.
It is bang on.
And remember Cllr. Ullah gets paid to do this. Or not do this depending on how you look at it.