Tories hold firm as Tower Hamlets faces �72m cuts

The Opposition on Tower Hamlets council has re-elected its leadership for the coming 12 months in what will be one of the toughest years for cuts in London’s deprived East End.

Leader Peter Golds is back at the post, after last night’s group annual meeting at the Town Hall.

His deputy, Tim Archer, and group whip Dr Emma Jones, were also re-elected unopposed.

The group has been at the forefront in the Big Debate over the swingeing cuts the East End faces in public spending, estimated at around �72 million in the next three years, largely defending Cameron’s axe in the face of a deficit left by Labour.

Now all eyes are on the larger Labour Group at the Town Hall, officially in Opposition to the independent mayor Lutfur Rahman—the party’s former council leader who ran for Mayor in October after being deselected by its national executive.

Labour, with its overwhelming majority in the council chamber, is due to elect its executive at the group annual meeting on Monday.