Ann praised as one of East End’s best
PUBLISHED: 15:27 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010
OUTGOING Tower Hamlets mayor Ann Jackson was described as one of the East End’s best ever figureheads as she handed over the reins at the Town Hall. Leaders of all but one political party paid tribute to her work after she had raised a record £70,000 for charity. The leader of George Galloway’s Respect faction failed to say anything, leaving it instead to his deputy
Ann praised as one of East End's best
By Ted Jeory
OUTGOING Tower Hamlets mayor Ann Jackson was described as one of the East End's best ever figureheads as she handed over the reins at the Town Hall.
Leaders of all but one political party paid tribute to her work after she revealed she had raised a record £70,000 for charity.
Half is going to the Stairway to Heaven Trust, which wants to erect a memorial to the 173 civilians killed in the 1943 Bethnal Green air raid shelter disaster.
The tributes flowed from outgoing Labour council leader Denise Jones, Tory chief Peter Golds, Lib Dem leader Stephanie Eaton and Respect Independent group's Oliur Rahman.
The leader of George Galloway's Respect faction, Abjol Miah, failed to say anything, leaving it instead to his deputy Shahed Ali.
Cllr Ali called on the new mayor, Abdus Salique, to follow his predecessor's example and decline the temptation to "go jet-setting around the world with the chains of glory."
Earlier, Cllr Golds, an Arsenal season ticket holder, revealed Jackson's 'greatest secret.'
"It's that you're a 'gooneress' and with that you can do no wrong," he said.
"It's a great tradition that should continue.
"You are without doubt one of the finest mayors we've had in this borough for many, many years."
Cllr Jackson would never forget her "amazing year" as the East End's first citizen, she said.
She attended hundreds of events during her 12 month stint, including the first ever Citizenship Ceremony at the Tower of London earlier this year.
She said: "I have met some incredible people this year, British, African, Chinese, Polish, Bangladeshi, Somali, and so many others who are all working hard for our borough. We all have so much to be proud of.
"We still have some way to go getting things right for all and have to find new ways to make sure they are all valued for their unique contribution. We do better than most boroughs, but still have work to do."
The £70,000 she raised as mayor is going half towards the Stairway to Heaven memorial campaign and half towards a new autism 'sensory room' run by the Tower Project in Wapping.
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