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Boris urged to back Tube disaster memorial

PUBLISHED: 17:44 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010

LONDON Assembly member John Biggs has managed to get the Bethnal Green Tube disaster memorial campaign on Mayor Boris Johnson’s priority’ list. The City & East member made sure to put on his to do’ list down at Johnson’s first Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall

LONDON Assembly member John Biggs has managed to get the Bethnal Green Tube disaster memorial campaign on Mayor Boris Johnson's 'priority' list.

The City & East member made sure to put on his 'to do' list down at Johnson's first Mayor's Question Time at City Hall.

The Mayor responded with support and has agreed to meet John and the Bethnal Green campaigners to take the memorial project forward.

"The new Mayor has a lot to get to grips with in his new role," Biggs said afterwards.

"I needed to make sure East London issues were firmly placed and kept in the front of his mind."

Biggs now plans "a constructive meeting" with Johnson to develop the project further.

The Trustees of the Stairway to Heaven Trust also welcomed the new Mayor's support and said they looked forward to meeting him to discuss the project.

The move came at the same time the outgoing Mayor of Tower Hamlets borough, which includes Bethnal Green, revealed she had raised £35,000 towards the memorial campaign in her year of office.

The campaign began two years ago to raise £600,000 for a memorial to remember the 173 men, women and children killed in a stampeded in March, 1943, during a wartime air raid alert at the communal shelter at the incomplete Bethnal Green Underground station.

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Latest on the Stairway to Heaven campaign:

www.stairwaytoheavenmemorial.org


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