Fitzpatrick: MP was silent on 'segregated Mayor' ceremony

Dear Ed, ARRANGEMENTS for a wedding which is a private affair should be left to the respective families.But civic events held on public premises are a different matter. The Poplar MP was silent over segregated men and women at the 2004 Tower Hamlets Mayor-making at the Town Hall

Dear Ed,

ARRANGEMENTS for a wedding which is a private affair should be left to the respective families.

But civic events held on public premises are a different matter.

The East London Advertiser covered the story of segregated men and women at the 2004 Tower Hamlets Mayor-making at the Town Hall in June that year.


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There were complaints from three Labour women councillors, one of whom, the only serving Bangladeshi woman, said she understood why segregation might happen in a mosque, but was at a loss to see why it might be necessary at a civic event.

This is interesting now because all three Labour councillors who raised the matter represented wards in the Poplar & Canning Town Parliamentary constituency. There was not a peep from the local Labour MP on that occasion about the segregation.

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However, this year we are close to a General Election and every indication is that Labour will be heavily defeated.

In these circumstances, our Poplar & Canning Town MP finds his voice to criticise a private event (at the London Muslim Centre) when he was silent over the same issue at the publicly-funded mayor-making at the Town Hall in 2004!

Cllr Peter Golds (Con)

Opposition Group Leader

Tower Hamlets Council

(Blackwall & Cubitt Town ward)

Town Hall, Blackwall

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