Acrimonious Tower Hamlets Council meeting filmed for first time

Squabbling councillors in Tower Hamlets town hall were caught on camera for the first time this week.

The acrimonious full council meeting was filmed yesterday evening, with cross-party support for the step.

And councillors admitted that the public may not like what they see when the films are put online.

Labour group leader Cllr Sirajul Islam admitted: “At times exchanges in this chamber can be less than the public expect of us.”

Rowdy members of the Independent cabinet also backed the plan, with Cllr Oliur Rahman saying: “People will be able to sit in the comfort of their sofa and watch how Labour and Tory councillors are failing.”

Speaker Cllr Lesley Pavitt said a professional company was filming Wednesday’s meeting, with footage to be published on the council’s website.

“If this is successful I will be working with officers and group leaders on agreeing a protocol for filming,” she added.

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Members of the public remained unable to record the meeting.

At the time of writing the council were yet to release the video.