Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years

Coat of arms

Council logo
Type
TypeLondon borough council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
HousesUnicameral
Term limitsNone
History
Founded1 April 1965
Preceded byBethnal Green Borough Council
Poplar Borough Council
Stepney Borough Council
New session started22 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leadership
Executive mayorLutfur Rahman, Independent
Since 21 October 2010
Speaker of CouncilLesley Pavitt
Since 22 May 2013
Structure
Seats51 councillors
Labour
27 / 51
Independent
14 / 51
Conservatives
7 / 51
Respect
2 / 51
Lib Dems
1 / 51
Elections
Council voting systemPlurality-at-large
Mayor voting systemSupplementary vote
Council last election6 May 2010
Mayor last election21 October 2010
Council next election22 May 2014
Mayor next election22 May 2014
Meeting place
Town Hall, Mulberry Place
Website
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
Constitution
Council constitution
 
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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years

Coat of arms

Council logo
Type
TypeLondon borough council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
HousesUnicameral
Term limitsNone
History
Founded1 April 1965
Preceded byBethnal Green Borough Council
Poplar Borough Council
Stepney Borough Council
New session started22 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leadership
Executive mayorLutfur Rahman, Independent
Since 21 October 2010
Speaker of CouncilLesley Pavitt
Since 22 May 2013
Structure
Seats51 councillors
Labour
27 / 51
Independent
14 / 51
Conservatives
7 / 51
Respect
2 / 51
Lib Dems
1 / 51
Elections
Council voting systemPlurality-at-large
Mayor voting systemSupplementary vote
Council last election6 May 2010
Mayor last election21 October 2010
Council next election22 May 2014
Mayor next election22 May 2014
Meeting place
Town Hall, Mulberry Place
Website
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
Constitution
Council constitution

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London, England. The council is unusual in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, currently Lutfur Rahman.[1]

Following the May 2010 election, Tower Hamlets London Borough Council was composed of 41 Labour Party members, 8 Conservative Party members, 1 Respect Party member and 1 Liberal Democrat member.[2] Eight councillors elected in 2010 as Labour Party candidates are now independent members[3] and following a by-election in December 2010 there is a further Respect Party member.[4]

The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced three local authorities: Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council, Poplar Metropolitan Borough Council and Stepney Metropolitan Borough Council.

History[edit]

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Tower Hamlets area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 1 April 1965. Tower Hamlets London Borough Council replaced Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council, Poplar Metropolitan Borough Council and Stepney Metropolitan Borough Council. All three had been created in 1900, in Bethnal Green the borough council replaced the parish vestry and in Poplar the council replaced the board of works; both authorities had been incorporated by the Metropolis Management Act 1855. Stepney had a more convoluted history with the metropolitan borough council established in 1900 replacing the Limehouse District Board of Works, the Whitechapel District Board of Works and the parish vestries of Mile End Old Town and St George in the East.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Tower Hamlets as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Tower Hamlets London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Tower Hamlets became an education authority in 1990. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.

Policies[edit]

From 1986 to 1994 the council experimented with decentralisation of services to seven neighbourhood areas.[5]

Summary results of elections[edit]

Previous election results are as follows:

ElectionOverall controlConservativeLabourLib DemOthers
2010Labour84111
2006Labour726612
2002Labour-3516-
1998Labour-419-
1994Labour-437-
1990Liberal Democrat-2030-
1986Liberal/S.D.P. Alliance-2426-
1982Labour-31181
1978Labour-437-
1974Labour-60--
1971Labour-60--
1968Labour-57-3
1964Labour-55-5

List of councillors[edit]

The councillors as at 17 December 2010 are as follows:[6]

CouncillorPolitical partyWard
Helal Uddin AbbasLabourSpitalfields and Banglatown
A M Ohid AhmedIndependentEast India and Lansbury
Kabir AhmedIndependentWeavers
Khales Uddin AhmedLabourBromley by Bow
Rajib AhmedLabourEast India and Lansbury
Rofique Uddin AhmedIndependentMile End and Globe Town
Shahed AliIndependentWhitechapel
Timothy ArcherConservativeBlackwall and Cubitt Town
Abdul AsadIndependentWhitechapel
Craig AstonConservativeLimehouse
Lutfa BegumIndependentLimehouse
Mizanur Rahman ChaudhuryLabourBethnal Green South
Alibor ChoudhuryIndependentShadwell
Zara Emily DavisConservativeMillwall
Stephanie EatonLiberal DemocratBethnal Green North
David John EdgarLabourLimehouse
Marc FrancisLabourBow East
Judith Anne GardinerLabourSt. Dunstan's and Stepney Green
Carlo GibbsLabourBethnal Green North
Peter GoldsConservativeBlackwall and Cubitt Town
Shafiqul HaqueIndependentSt. Katharine's and Wapping
Carli Harper-PenmanLabourBow East
Sirajul IslamLabourBethnal Green South
Ann JacksonLabourBow West
Denise JonesLabourSt. Katharine's and Wapping
Emma JonesConservativeSt. Katharine's and Wapping
Aminur KhanIndependentWhitechapel
Anwar KhanLabourBow West
Rabina KhanIndependentShadwell
Rania KhanIndependentBromley by Bow
Shiria KhatunLabourEast India and Lansbury
Harun MiahRespectShadwell
Maium MiahConservativeMillwall
Mohammed Abdul MukitLabourWeavers
Ahmed OmerLabourBow East
Lesley PavittLabourBethnal Green South
Joshua PeckLabourBow West
John Paul PierceLabourWeavers
Fozol MiahRespectSpitalfields and Banglatown
Oliur RahmanIndependentSt. Dunstan's and Stepney Green
Zenith RahmanLabourBethnal Green North
Gulam RobbanniIndependentSpitalfields and Banglatown
Rachael SaundersLabourMile End East
David SnowdonConservativeMillwall
Gloria Rose ThienelConservativeBlackwall and Cubitt Town
Bill TurnerLabourMile End and Globe Town
Helal UddinLabourBromley by Bow
Kosru UddinLabourMile End East
Abdal UllahLabourSt. Dunstan's and Stepney Green
Motin Uz-ZamanLabourMile End East
Amy WhitelockLabourMile End and Globe Town

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