Tower Hamlets Council calls for ‘Nelson Mandela street’ in Olympic park
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EXCLUSIVE: Tower Hamlets Council has called for a street in the Olympic Park to be named after Nelson Mandela.
Plans to lobby the mayor of London for a street in the park to honour the late South African leader were passed in a vote at last night’s council meeting, after a half-hour debate on the wording of the motion.
The original motion from independent councillor Rabina Khan to name a building after the anti-apartheid hero was criticised by Tory councillor Peter Golds for its reference to Margaret Thatcher’s having called Mandela a terrorist.
An amendment proposed by Labour councillor Carlo Gibbs to lobby Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation for a ‘Mandela Street’ in the park was passed by a large majority.
In his amendment, Cllr Gibbs said the Olympic Park idea would be “in recognition of sport’s power to unite communities”.
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The council also agreed to fund an educational project about Nelson Mandela’s legacy for local schools during Black History Month and to draw up options for a permanent tribute to Mandela in the borough.
Flags were flown at half-mast at Tower Hamlets town hall last month after Mandela’s death on December 5.
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At the time, Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Nelson Mandela was a giant. We shall not see his like again. The world has lost a great human being.”