Date set for poll to see if Tower Hamlets wants elected mayor
VOTERS in London’s East End have won the right to hold a special referendum to decide if they want a directly-elected mayor or not in Tower Hamlets. The referendum is to be held on May 6, a special meeting of the council decided last night
VOTERS in London’s East End have won the right to hold a special referendum to decide if they want a directly-elected mayor or not in Tower Hamlets.
The referendum is to be held on May 6, a special meeting of Tower Hamlets council decided last night.
It would decide whether to have a mayor for a four-year term or have the local authority continued to be run by a leader elected only by other councillors, but serving four years instead of the current 12 months.
A referendum swing towards a directly-elected mayor would mean an election on October 21 next year, with a newly-elected mayor taking office four days later.
You may also want to watch:
That would mean Tower Hamlets following in the footsteps of neighbouring Hackney and Newham, which both have directly-elected mayors.
No-one has thrown their hat in the ring yet, but Labour’s present council leader Lutfur Rahman is rumoured to be a possible candidate.
- 1 Whitechapel murder victim named as teenager charged with killing
- 2 'Grenfell Tower'-type cladding still not removed from New Providence Wharf after 3 years
- 3 Cops break Covid-19 rules to have haircuts at Bethnal Green police station
- 4 Murder arrest after woman stabbed to death in Whitechapel this morning
- 5 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 6 Covid hero who did charity walk in Bow aged 100 now has vaccine
- 7 'It must be urgently addressed': New research into BAME Covid impact
- 8 Fury as family homes vanish when Isle of Dogs landlord converts to bedsits
- 9 Mulberry tree campaigners to take council to High Court
- 10 Lovely Day for Aldgate School picked to sing on Billy Ocean's new single
The referendum, which is to be the same day as May’s local council elections, was sparked by MP George Galloway’s Respect party’s petition that was lodged at the Town hall last month.